Nigerians jailed for sham marriages

Posted: July 7, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Have I got my finger on the pulse or what?
IlieEven more evidence that Nigerians have made sham marriages a national pastime. It’s time UK Border Agency investigated marriages involving Nigerians over the last few years.

Four people have been jailed for a total of more than six years for their part in a sham marriage scam involving Nigerian and Dutch nationals.

The investigation was triggered when UK Border officers identified the suspicious travel patterns of passengers flying in and out of Luton and Stansted Airports on tickets purchased by Adeolu Eletu, a 29-year-old Nigerian.

On 10 February, Daniloush Solano, a 21-year-old Dutch woman, was arrested at Luton Airport as she attempted to board a flight to Amsterdam. Investigations revealed that earlier that day Solano had married Eletu at a church in Wood Green, London. She was paid 1,500 euros for her role.

Eletu was subsequently arrested on 27 February at his home address in Falcon Brae, Livingston. His Nigerian girlfriend Helen Omoboye, 33, was also arrested. She had been due to participate in a sham marriage of her own at the same Wood Green venue on 11 February.

Sylvernus Ogungbade, a 36-year-old Nigerian, was also arrested on 10 February after officers established that Solano had caught her taxi to Luton Airport from his home in Goldbeater’s Grove, Edgware. Immigration checks revealed that Ogungbade, who was living alone, had recently applied for a visa on the back of his marriage to a Dutch woman who is still be sought by officers.

At Luton Crown Court, Eletu, Ogungbade and Omoboye pleaded guilty to conspiring to breach the UK’s immigration laws. Eletu and Omoboye also pleaded guilty to perjury charges.

Eletu was sentenced to two years eight months, Omoboye was sentenced to 18 months and Ogungbade was sentenced to a year and eight months. Solano had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to breach the UK’s immigration laws and perjury at an earlier hearing on June 10. She was sentenced to 12 months.

Note to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke who complains our prisons are full, January 2010 figures revealed there were 11,546 foreign prisoners in UK prisons.

A couple of days ago I suggested Britain being an island makes it easy to keep immigrants out but here’s why it doesn’t happen.

Holyhead port in Wales, has only enough staff to fill five out of 21 eight-hour shifts, 26 immigration offenders were caught there during last October alone. Aren’t we supposed to be on a high terrorist alert?

Other minor ports in Wales and the South West are not manned at all. An inspection of UKBA operations in Wales and the South West found some of the 17 airports and seaports in the region had either limited or no immigration officers.

The report also criticised poor resources around the region which saw some computer systems crash for days at a time while staff from Bristol had to drive to Cardiff to check fingerprints after the scanner was moved.

There are only 300 UKBA staff in the Wales and South West region which contains sea or airports at Avonmouth, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Falmouth, Fishguard, Holyhead, Newquay, Pembroke Docks, Plymouth, Poole, Swansea, Newport, Cardiff Docks, Barry and Port Talbot.

By the way do you know every taxpayer in Britain will be forced to pay out nearly £600 to pay the pensions of retired State workers this year.


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