The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 2 Chinese men – Liu Honyang, 47; and Sun Xinai, 49 – and their Nigerian collaborators – Oriyomi Olawale, 47 and Desmond Chinedu, 25 – for running a fake embassy at Golden Point and Suite on Duduyemi Street in Ejigbo, Lagos. The suspects were arrested by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) who were informed that they had been swindling Nigerians who had planned to travel out of the country by issuing mainly Trinidad and Tobago’s visas. The RRS said the Trinidad and Tobago embassy in the country had confirmed the visas to be fakes, while disowning the two Chinese.
Recounting her ordeal, one of the victims, Adekunle Adefuye, said he met them through one of their agents, one Dorcas Slyver. Adefuye said, “She is a daughter to my brother’s pastor in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I told her about my intention and zeal to travel to the United States. She told me to come to Lagos that she could procure the American visa for me. On getting to Lagos, she took me to the Chinese and I was advised to travel to Trinidad and Tobago.
“They said I would secure employment with at least $3,000 salary. I paid a total sum of N1.3m in installment for the process, including visa processing and flight fare. I was arrested immediately I got to Trinidad and Tobago on October 19, 2016, by the country’s immigration officers for coming into the country with a fake visa. I was arrested with another Nigerian. We spent two days with the police. They treated us like criminals trying to enter the country illegally. We were deported on October 22, 2016, and arrived in Nigeria the following day.”
Meanwhile, a response to a letter written to the RRS by Garth Lamsee, the acting High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, dated December 7, 2016, read in part, “…The mission can categorically confirm that the individual Sun Xinai, who is claiming to be an agent of this mission, is unknown to us. Furthermore, this mission does not use the services of an agent in any capacity whatsoever and has never done so in the past either.
With regard to the authenticity of the attached visas, the mission can also categorically confirm that those visas were not issued at this High Commission and are clearly fraudulent.” The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed this incident said the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba,for further investigation.