The Qatar Taekwondo Federation yesterday revoked issued visas of a total of 16 Nigerians who fraudulently obtained the Visas by posing as members of the Nigeria Taekwondo National Team, seemingly scheduled to attend the prestigious 1st Qatar International Taekwondo Opens, a G-1 ranked World Taekwondo Federation sanctioned event, billed to hold at Qatar from 6 – 9 March, 2015.
Coincidentally, some members of the actual Nigeria National Taekwondo Team that won medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games are also billed to compete for Nigeria at the event.
The unscrupulous scheme was revealed as part of an aggressive drive by the International Department of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation [NTF] to tackle visa racketeering through Sports head-on, where the first step of the progressive NTF is a constant check on the websites of international ranked tournaments to see if there are any suspicious names registered as members of the Nigeria Taekwondo Community.
A routine check earlier this week which revealed the registration of 16 persons, not in any way associated with the sport of Taekwondo in Nigeria, set off the alarm bells. Unknown to the perpetrators, the Qatar Taekwondo Federation has an existing relationship with the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, who immediately contact their Middles Eastern counterparts to check-mate the fraudsters.
The [names, passport number, sex, and place of birth] of 16-persons as noted on their submitted international passports include:
Oyeniyi Ilesanmi [A03328102, Male, Ado-Ekiti]; Idris Adeoye Adelakun [A05860794, Male, Lagos]; Oluyinka Rebecca Adalawo [A03795343, Female, Lagos]; Emeka Henry Oboyo [A06137015, Male, Ndioke], Kelechi Kanu [A04387855, among others.