Government reiterates those applying for visa on fraudulent basis will not be allowed to travel, and could face a 10-year ban
Tags: Bob Dewar, Lagos, Nigeria
22nd September 2009: The UK government has reiterated that prospective immigrants applying for a visa on fraudulent basis will not be allowed to travel; and could face a ban of up to 10 years. The assertion has come at a time when the government is helping the police in Nigeria to tackle the use of fraudulent documents in visa applications.
British High Commissioner Bob Dewar has asserted: ‘The message that we want to send out is clear. The UK welcomes legitimate travellers to the UK and those who will benefit the UK through study, business and tourism. But we are equally clear that those who seek to apply for a visa on a fraudulent basis will not be allowed to travel – and could face a ban of up to 10 years for using fraudulent documents.’
Dewar has already handed over a document fraud detection machine and vehicle to the Nigeria Police Force’s special fraud unit in Lagos. The equipment is expected to improve the police’s ability to track down the manufacturers and suppliers of fraudulent documents.
The provision of the equipment is part of the British Deputy High Commission’s work with the unit to ensure that only legitimate travellers can travel to the United Kingdom.
Dewar adds: ‘We welcome our close partnership with the special fraud unit of the Nigeria Police Force to tackle document fraud. We are keen to strengthen this co-operation even further and hope that the equipment and vehicle that is being provided will allow the Nigeria Police Force to carry out effective and targeted exercises against individuals and groups using fraudulent documents in the visa application process, eventually leading to their prosecution. We are committed to making this partnership a success’.