Sham weddings, a Nigerian pastime?

Posted: June 25, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieNigerian Olumuyiwa Otti, 40, pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court to a charge of providing a false statement to obtain a marriage certificate and seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception. He was jailed for 18 months.

Otti, an illegal entrant to the UK, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency’s immigration crime team on 7 January 2010 when he reported to a UK Border Agency office in Solihull. He was remanded into custody.

Officers were acting on intelligence that Otti had given a false address to the registrar of St John the Divine Church, Willenhall, Coventry before marrying a French woman at the church on 14 September 2009 who he had paid £3,000.

MEANWHILE

A bride and groom together with four wedding guests were arrested at Manchester Register Office as part of a UK Border Agency investigation into a suspected sham marriage.

The bride a Nigerian national and her groom, a Czech male were both arrested for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Two marriage witnesses, both Nigerian were also arrested along with two other Nigerian wedding guests on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration. All six are now being questioned by police and immigration officers.

In a follow up operation the UK Border Agency crime team conducted searches at four addresses in Manchester and one in Liverpool.

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