A petition from the Regional Security Office of the United States Consulate General in Lagos dated November 12, 2013 addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, CP Tunde Ogunsakin alleged that on same date, one Raji Oluseyi Michael with Date of Birth 4th December 1988 was invited for a U.S. non-immigrant visa interview at U.S. Consulate.  That Raji presented a Nigerian passport No. A04910344 in support of his application and on examination, a U.K. visa in Raji’s passport revealed indications that the visa was forged.

SFU detectives swung into action and Raji was apprehended.  He is a 32year old from Ibadan, Oyo State and an HND holder in Purchasing/Supply from Kwara State Polytechnic.  He feigned ignorance of the fake visa on his passport and confessed that the visa was given to him by one Mr. Popoola who resides in Ibadan for the sum of N500,000.00 but he had paid only N200,000.00 to balance N300,000.00 at the end of his interview with the U.S. embassy.  He also stated that Mr. Popoola sent Mr. Adegoke to accompany him to the embassy to find out if the visa was issued and that it was one Mr. Ayodeji who currently resides in U.K. that introduced Mr. Popoola to him. 

Further investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Popoola Oladimeji and Adegoke Johnson.  Popoola Oladimeji, a forged document vendor is a 48year old man from Igboho, Oyo Stae.  He admitted that Raji Oluseyi approached him to procure a U.S. visa and he collected his passport and the sum of  N200,000.00.  He further confessed that he contracted one Taiwo Akande in Oluwole, Lagos who procured the 6months U.K. visit visa and Holland visa for one hundred and fifteen thousand naira respectively.

He also said that the total money spent to procure the two visas was N280,000.00 that he paid additional N50,000.00 and it took Mr. Taiwo one week to get the visas which was delivered to him at Molete, Ibadan through a public transport.  He admitted that Taiwo whom he knew as visa agent had assisted him in the past, and one of his friend whom he procured visa for is currently residing in United Kingdom.

The suspect also gave a fake I.D. card of Ibadan South West Local Government to Raji and admitted that he has no link with any LGA,that  the fake I.D. card was procured with the assistance of one Kayode who is currently on the run, having gotten wind of his arrest.

Adegoke Johnson is a 47year old from Ibadan and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.  According to him, he assists people with genuine documents to procure visa and also serves as an errand boy to Mr. Popoola Oladimeji.  He admitted that he was sent by Mr. Popoola to accompany Raji Oluseyi to the U.S. embassy in order to collect the visa slip as soon as the visa is issued.  He denied being a party to the issuance of the fake U.K. visa found on Raji Oluseyi’s passport by the U.S. Consulate.

Investigation is on-going, effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects.  All the arrested suspects will be arraigned in court soonest.

The Commissioner of Police, SFU, CP Tunde Ogunsakin uses this medium to inform the members of the public on the rampant incidence of cases of visa fraud which is increasing at alarming rate and advises on the need for intending visa applicants to apply for visa in the appropriate embassies.   


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