Police Arrest Visa Racketeer For Forging UN Invitation Letters
The Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos State, has arrested and arraigned one Abioye Abolaji, 53, on 11 counts bordering on alleged forgery, obtaining money by false pretence, false representation and stealing.
The unit spokesperson, SP Eyitayo Johnson, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a statement on Thursday.
He said the arrest of the suspect was in furtherance to a petition from the Diplomatic Security Services Regional Security office at the United States Consulate General in Lagos.
Johnson said, “The arrest was in furtherance to a petition which requested discrete investigation into forged documents submitted by certain C-2 Visa applicants to the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit of USCG.
“C-2 Visa is a NIV category reserved for participants at United Nations Conference/Events.
“There were investigations by USCG and PSFU into 77 C-2 applications from 24 organisations in Nigeria to attend two separate conferences, namely, 67th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and UN 2023 Water Conference, scheduled to take place in New York between 22nd and 24th March, 2023.”
The spokesman added that most of the applicants were not qualified for the visa classification they applied for.
“It revealed that most of the applicants are not qualified for the visa classification they applied for because the applicants provided forged UN invitation letters.
“The applicants, who claimed to be employees of Osun & Sons Agricultural Venture, Ray D. Exclusive Electrical Contractor, or ACE Technoresources Integrated Services; planned to attend UN Water Conference as a representative or nominee of these organisations.
“But investigations revealed that none of the organisations is in consultative status with the UN and that the employment of most of the applicants had no bearing on either of the referenced UN conferences,” he said.
According to him, further information gathered during police interviews of the visa applicants led to the arrest of the suspect, who is the arrowhead of a notorious syndicate that specialises in visa fraud.
Johnson said the Commissioner of Police, PSFU, CP Adepoju Ilori, had advised prospective visa applicants to desist from patronising document vendors or visa racketeers for the processing of category B-1 and B-2 visas or any other travel documents.
He said the CP further encouraged applicants to research the procedure/requirements of visa for their intended country of destination or to approach the Diplomatic Section of PSFU for guidance in order not to fall victim to visa racketeers.
According to the spokesperson, the unit is currently on the trail of other members of the syndicate.
Man Arrested For Stabbing Wife To Death In Delta
The Delta State Police Command has arrested a butcher for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in Warri metropolis.
The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday evening when the suspect tried to scoop hot water to bathe on returning from the market.
PUNCH Metro gathered that his wife refused and asked him not to touch the hot water on the cooker claiming he did not provide money for house upkeep nor to refill cooking gas cylinder.
But the suspect reportedly ignored his wife’s refusal and forced his way to the burning gas cooker to scoop the hot water.
Consequently, the aggrieved wife reportedly attacked him during which a fight broke out between the couple.
In the ensuing scuffle, the wife was said to have rushed for a kitchen knife with the intention to stab her husband.
However, the man reportedly overpowered the wife and forcefully collected the knife from her, and used the same to stab the woman several times until she collapsed.
It was gathered that at that point, the suspect, seeing the gravity of his action, carried the wounded woman to a private hospital for treatment.
His daughter, pained by the development, was said to have rushed to a nearby police station where she reported the incident and the suspect was immediately arrested.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.
The PPRO said, “Confirmed” without providing much details.
Police Probe Alleged Abduction Of Rivers APC Lawyer
The Rivers State Police Command on Friday said it is probing the alleged abduction a lawyer working for the All Progressives Congress in the state of Dr Godswill Dike.
On Thursday, the Rivers chapter alleged the abduction of its lawyer inside the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Iringe-Koko said though no formal complaint has been made, the Commissioner of Police Okon Effiong, has ordered operatives of the Command to investigate claims by the APC that their lawyer was abducted after signing for and taking possession of the Certified True Copies of election documents.
The CP has promised that anyone found culpable would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Man Tortured To Death In Bauchi For Stealing Watermelons
Four people have been arrested for allegedly torturing a suspected watermelon thief to death in Bauchi, the Police has said.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, disclosed this in a media statement made available to journalists in the State.
He said that the deceased was caught after allegedly stealing seven watermelons valued at N2,000 from a summer farm in Dallaji Village, Tudin Wada Ward in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Wakil, a Superintendent of Police said: “On the 29th March 2023 at about 10.00am, one Ado Sanya, male (40) of Dallaji village Tudun Wada Ward, Warji LGA, reported at Warji Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date at about 1.20am, one Ibrahim Hashimu, male, criminally trespass into the farmland of one Mohammed Garba, male, of the same address and stole some watermelons.
“His hands were tied with a rope and beaten with sticks by Mohammad Daluta, (24); Ibrahim Mahmud (22); Bashir Mahmud (18); Abdullahi Mahmud (22); all males of the same address.
“On receiving the report, a team of detectives was quickly drafted to the scene and evacuated the victim to General Hospital Warji for medical attention where they referred to the Cottage Hospital, Gwaram LGA, Jigawa State, where he was certified dead by the medical doctor.
“An investigation commenced in earnest and preliminary investigation revealed that the victim “Ibrahim Hashimu” trespassed into a summer farm and stole seven pieces of watermelon fruit valued at N2,000.
“In the process of taking away the stolen items, the owner of the farm caught him on the spot. He then conspired with others and beat him with sticks. As a result, he sustained an internal injury which led to his death.
“Consequently, all the above four suspects were successfully arrested and an investigation is still ongoing to explore all the intricacies surrounding the case.”
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, while reacting to the incident, frowned at the action of the suspects, who, instead of reporting the case to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution, took the law into their hands.
“He however directed that the case be transferred to criminal investigation department Bauchi, for discreet investigation and assured members of the public that justice will be served accordingly,” he assured.
Similarly, the PPRO said that on March 24, 2023 at about 10.09pm, some unknown persons, trespassed into the house of one Abdu Muhammadu, male (30) of Dasare village, Tarbuwa Ward in Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi State and shot him with a bow and arrow on his chest.
He said that as a result, he sustained serious injuries; adding that having received intelligence of the incident on March 26, 2023 around 12.30am, Police Operatives attached to Zaki Divisional headquarters led by the Divisional Police Officer, rushed to the scene and evacuated the victim to Federal Medical Centre, Azare for immediate medical treatment, where he was certified dead by the medical doctor.
Wakil said that during the investigation, the Command arrested one Sambo Adamu, male (22) of the same address, in connection with the case, and he voluntarily confessed his culpability.
The Police Spokesman said that efforts have been intensified to explore more facts in the incident in order to arrest the remaining suspects adding however, that investigation is ongoing.