Sham marriage conviction

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Law & Disorder

I was only thinking the other day that I haven’t seen much on sham marriages but a Nigerian national has been found guilty of attempting to organise sham marriages in Oxfordshire.

I’m beginning to wonder if in Nigerian Universities students can study ‘How to arrange marriages by circumventing UK laws’.

IlieAbiola Abdul Kareem, 32, of Woodfarm Road in Oxford, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency as he arrived for a wedding ceremony at Abingdon Register office on Friday 14 May 2010. Over a year ago, the wheels of justice really do grind slowly.

He had helped arrange the ceremony that was due to take place that day between Nigerian Idowu James Ojomu (36) and French national Maria Deroff (20) so Ojomu could live and work in the UK as a result of the marriage.

In the months leading up to the ceremony Ojomu had transferred around £5,000 to Abdul Kareem. Following his arrest in Abingdon evidence of involvement in a number of other suspicious weddings was discovered.

At earlier hearings he had admitted four charges of assisting unlawful immigration (including a charge relating to the Ojomu marriage) and one charge of bigamy, but following a trial at Oxford Crown Court Abdul Kareem was also found guilty of another count of assisting unlawful immigration and money laundering offences. He will be sentenced on Wednesday 20 July.

At previous hearings in 2010 Ojomu had pleaded guilty to charges of perjury and overstaying his visa, while Deroff had admitted perjury and assisting unlawful immigration. They received sentences of 11 months and eight months respectively. Ojomu was removed from the UK in December 2010. Probably back in the country by now I shouldn’t wonder

  1. yomi says:

    I am wondering while British like to spread the campaign of unnecessary rumor, they should take care of their children killing and shooting each other. Please live story

    • percyweller says:

      Problem is much of the killing and shooting is done by people either alien to our shores or children of such.

  2. Lola says:

    Are you sure about that percyweller? Your comment is both ignorant and very offensive. Lets not forget the likes of Ian Huntley, Myra Hindley, the list is endless. Most of the killings and shootings are actually committed by home grown citizens.. Please get your facts straight before making stupid comments..

    • percyweller says:

      Hmmm, Hindley killed in the 1960’s here’s a modern example of alien killers in our midst.

      Thursday, 7 July 2005, four Islamic homegrown terrorists detonated four bombs, fifty-two people killed.

  3. Lola says:

    You are so ignorant!! Please do yourself a favour, educate yourself, read a book. How you can be so prejudiced is sickening. Being a bad person has nothing to do with your race. There’s good and bad in all races, all countries , all continents. Did you hear about the Cumbria killings in 2010? The perpetrator was a certain man called Derrick Bird and just incase you were wondering yes he is British. He killed 12 people. I really hope you don’t breed. You’re ignorant

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