Three Nigerians were apprehended by Greater Noida police in India on suspicion of fabricating bogus passports, visas, and having connections to drug smugglers.
Oladele Jimoh, Azuh Daniel Nwachinemere, and Collins Tabugbo Odimba, the three suspects, were detained under the Foreigners Act and parts of the NDPS Act for alleged acts touching on deceit and fraud that violated the Indian Penal Code. The trio currently reside in Delhi.
The group entered India between 2012 and 2018, according to Greater Noida’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Verma, but they are currently residing there illegally on the basis of expired travel documents.
“The three Nigerian nationals have been arrested with 65 grams MDMA (a drug variety) which is estimated worth around Rs 12 lakh. Eighteen fake passports and 21 fake Visas, 30 mobile phones and 20 activated SIM cards have been recovered from their possession,” Verma told newsmen.
The three people were detained following the Gautam Buddh Nagar Police Commissionerate’s ongoing crackdown on foreign nationals living unlawfully in India and those involved in the sale of illicit substances, according to Verma.
He added that the Greater Noida police had detained five people in September, among them a Nigerian national, who were reportedly involved in the distribution of SIM cards and illegal narcotics in the NCR area.
“After interrogations, the role of these three men also cropped up and they were subsequently tracked down and arrested by a team of Knowledge Park Police Station.
“They illegally made different visas like – education visa, tourist visa and medical visa for foreigners, particularly those from their country and sold them for Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 each,” the DCP said.
Around 250 foreign citizens are thought to have received counterfeit documents from the suspects, and more inquiries into their network are being conducted as the police coordinate with the Foreign Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) and Ministry of External Affairs.