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Indian police nab 3 Nigerian citizens engaged in hoax visa and passport supply

Indian police nab 3 Nigerian citizens involved in hoax visa and passport supply
Indian police nab 3 Nigerian citizens involved in hoax visa and passport supply

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On Tuesday, October 18, the Greater Noida police asserted to have raided a gang reportedly involved in producing fake visas and passports and also apprehended three Nigerian citizens.

Abhishek Verma, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Greater Noida) said the trio has also been found connected with drug looting and illegally distributing mobile SIM cards to foreigners residing in Delhi-NCR.

The defendants have been revealed as Oladele Jimoh, Azuh Daniel Nwachinemere, and Collins Tabugbo Odimba, all of them currently living in Delhi.

Verma told reporters that;

“The three Nigerian nationals have been arrested with 65 grams MDMA (a drug variety) which is estimated worth around Rs 12 lakh. Eighteen fake passports and 21 fake Visas, 30 mobile phones, and 20 activated SIM cards have been recovered from their possession.

“The trio had arrived in India between 2012 and 2018 but were now staying illegally on expired passports and visas”.

Verma further revealed that;

The arrest of the trio comes in the wake of a continued crackdown by the Gautam Buddh Nagar police commissioner on foreign nationals living illegally in India and those engaged in illicit drug supply.

Greater Noida police in September apprehended five persons, including a Nigerian national, who were allegedly involved in illegal drugs and SIM card supply in the NCR region.

According to the DCP, he said,

“After interrogations, the role of these three men also cropped up and they were subsequently tracked down and arrested by a team of Knowledge Park police station”.

“They illegally made different visas like – education visa, tourist visa and medical visa for foreigners, particularly those from their country and sold them for Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 each,” 

They are suspected to have provided forged documents to around 250 foreign nationals and further investigations into their network are underway.

Verma further stated that the police are correlating with the Foreign Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) together with the Ministry of External Affairs for further legalese.

They have been apprehended under sections of the NDPS Act along with sections of cheating, and fraud of the Indian Penal Code.

The Foreigners Act has also been used to book the trio.

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