A report by Premium Times indicates that the sum of $100,000 confiscated by airport security from a Nigerian businessman, Nasiru Danu, has been returned by the government of the United Kingdom.
Danu, according to the report, was intercepted by officials of the United Kingdom Border Force and Immigration officials on arrival at the London airport on September 13, 2019, after his then newly-acquired Maltese passport with which he travelled there turned out to be fake.
He was said to have been duped of $35,000 by a ‘travel agency’ which offered to help him obtain a Maltese passport.
But the passport delivered to him by the agency turned out to be fake.
It was gathered that while returning to Nigeria, Danu petitioned the State Security Service (SSS) over the passport fraud and his resultant arrest and deportation from the UK.
The information revealed that the SSS later referred the case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is now pressing charges against one Rabbi Okpara.
The online medium said that Okpara is the owner of Green Valley Concept Limited, a purported travel agency.
EFCC investigators said Okpara used her travel agency to lure unsuspecting members of the public to buy into a sham travel/residency arrangement in Malta.
The EFCC said Okpara in her statement to the agency admitted to liaising with a third party, one Ugbaja in obtaining the fake travel document for her clients.
Count one and two of the charges read:
“That you Rabbi Okpara and Jude Ugbaja(at large) sometime in August 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired between yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit; causing to be used as genuine forged documents, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP, MI7 laws of Federation Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same act.”
It was reported that Okpoh was indicted in on August 21, 2019, by the United States Court in the District of Nebraska on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud of $6 million