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Dutch Police Arrest Nigerians involved in Fake Wedding Scam

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The AFP is reporting that the Dutch police has busted a wedding scam involving Dutch citizens being paid to go to Britain to marry illegal Nigerian immigrants so they can obtain residency there.

The gendarmerie, responsible for border security said in a statement that it has “detained 16 women and seven men this week on the suspicion that they travelled to Britain to enter into fake marriages. They are almost all of Dutch Antillean origin and were flown to Britain to get married, mainly to Nigerian men and women.”

The catch is that once married, the Nigerians would get legal residency in Britain and access to state welfare. In return, the Dutch collaborators would be paid 2500 euros ($3,100) to 3,500 euros. The report further stated that members of the Dutch Caribbean community were used so they could be used as look-alikes for Nigerians’ real partners, who would be brought into Britain after the “wedding” to make the swap complete.

Another Dutch paper, De Telegraaf reported that British law enforcement officers had made arrests at fake “weddings” with bride and groom on the verge of exchanging vows.

“We have seen wedding dresses with the price tag still on them being used by three ‘brides’ in one day, swapping the dress just outside the church,” the paper quoted an officer only identified as Michel.

Those arrested in the Netherlands also face human trafficking charges, the statement added.

Although the report stated that it wasn’t onlyNigerians that were involved in the scam (mainlyNigerian men and women), it is still embarrassing to hear that our people employ such desperate and illegal measures to obtain residency in foreign countries.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

8 Comments

  1. nnejiosuji

    November 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Dis is great

  2. Oni

    November 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Marriage fraud is what Nigerians in Europe do best.

  3. Akindele @ Cheapest Bulk SMS in Nigeria

    November 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    It is unfortunate that Nigerians turn almost everything to business. Nigerians are just too smart and despirate.

  4. gimmer

    November 11, 2012 at 3:45 am

    bloody Nigerians

  5. solomon james

    November 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    pls all dis naija guys make una knw close our chance of geting marrid 2 white gals o abeg. Dats my dream o! Nd it must com 2 pas.

    • yty

      November 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      whatz dat got to do with the issue at ground, if u really know what u will face marrying them,u wouldnt say it must come pas .

  6. pd

    November 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    swapping dresses….are they the same sizes?phewww

  7. pynk

    November 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

    really unfortunate.

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