Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Nigerian Solicitor Jailed In The UK For Arranging Sham Marriages
Waheed Salau and Ester Obatuyi both admitted conspiring to breach immigration control. At The Old Bailey on Friday, they were handed prison sentences of four years and nine months and two years respectively.
The sophisticated racket involved Salau flying in at least 20 Dutch nationals to the UK.
They then married them to Nigerians whose immigration applications had been turned down.
Salau even married off 33-year-old Obatuyi to a French national so she could stay in Britain, the court heard.
Salau, 42, provided fake documents for the weddings and flew the Dutch nationals out of the country after the ceremonies.
When police raided their home in Merton Road, Romford, they found Salau hiding in the loft, clutching a bundle of illicit documents, including Dutch identity cards, Nigerian passports, marriage certificates and invoice books.
In the toilet police found receipts of money wired to various companies under Salau's control.
The couple, who have three children now in foster care, wept as the sentence was handed down.