An igbosere Magistrate court, Lagos has sentenced a 55-year-old man, Bello Nosiru Yinka to a year imprisonment for procuring fake to unsuspecting members of the public.
The convict was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Abosede Botoku in court 2 Igbosere where he was subsequently sentenced.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Audu Lawal, in a statement said the convict, a notorious documents vendor who specializes in faking visas of all Embassies and High Commission was arrested by the operatives of Police Special Fraud Unit when the American Consulate General complaint about the fraudulent activities of the convict.
He said that the convict had procured fake Visa to France for one applicant (name withheld) who appeared at the Consulate General for B1 B2 visa category.
According to him, the activity of visa vendors has affected genuine visa applicants who don’t know about how visas of all categories are applied and obtained.
“The Embassies and the High Commission are there for information needed to apply for Visa. Again fake visa or documents makers are advised to desist from the unholy act otherwise the long arm of the law will always catch up with them.
“Also, prospective visa applicants should be wary of fraudsters parading themselves as visa agent.
“No Embassy or High Commission appoints any person or group of persons to act as Visa agent.” Lawal warned.
He added that the arrest of the convict, investigation and successful prosecution was a major breakthrough as the convict has been in the business of printing fake visas and other documents for decades.