Police bust men who operated fake embassy in Lagos for years

The Lagos State Police Command has busted a crime syndicate that operates as an embassy in Lagos State.

The police said the fake embassy had defrauded many innocent members of the public.

Members of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had swooped on the ‘embassy’ and arrested two Chinese and two Nigerians.

The Chinese men, Liu Honyang, and Sun Xinai were arrested alongside Oriyomi Olawale and Desmond Chinedu.

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It was learned that the suspects issued mainly Trinidad and Tobago’s visas.

The RRS said the Trinidad and Tobago embassy in the country had confirmed the visas to be faked while disowning the two Chinese.

Some victims of the fraudulent embassy stormed the RRS headquarters to write their statements against the suspects.

One of the victims, Adekunle Adefuye, said he met them through one of their agents, one Dorcas Silver.

He said, “She is a daughter of my brother’s pastor in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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“I told her about my intention and zeal to travel to the United States.

“She told me to come to Lagos that she could procure the American visa for me.

“On getting to Lagos, she took me to the Chinese and I was advised to travel to Trinidad and Tobago.

“They said I would secure employment with at least $3,000 salary.

“I paid a total sum of N1.3m in installment for the process, including visa processing and flight fare.”

“I was arrested with another Nigerian. We spent two days with the police.

“They treated us like criminals trying to enter the country illegally.

“We were deported on October 22, 2016, and arrived in Nigeria the following day,” he added.

Another victim, Rasheed Ololade, said he paid N1.3m.

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“I was fortunate to escape being jailed in Trinidad and Tobago for coming into the country with fake documents.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago had written RSS stating that “…the mission can categorically confirm that the individuals are unknown to us.

“This mission does not use the services of agents in any capacity and has never done so in the past either.

“With regard to the authenticity of the attached visas, the mission confirms that those visas were not issued by us.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police had launched a manhunt for other agents of the fake embassy.