Nigeria: fake airline tickets


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Police Smash Fake Airline Tickets Issuing Syndicate
Vanguard (Lagos)

Posted to the web 21 October 2008

Kenneth Ehigiator and Gabriel Abatan

"MEN of Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the Police have smashed a syndicate that specialises in issuing fake foreign and domestic airlines tickets to unsuspecting travellers.

They also arrested a syndicate of three which arrange fake travelling documents for their victims to embark on international trips.

Vanguard gathered that the syndicate, whose members work in collaboration with some Afriqiyah Airways', had already issued seven fake Afriqiyah's to London from Lagos, and another two to Germany from Lagos via Tripoli, before it was smahed.

Commissioner of police in charge of the command, Argungu Hashimu, who confirmed the report, also said three persons, including Daniel Emecho, Raphel Anorie and Stan Alonge were also arrested at the domestic wing of the airport for issuing fake Arik Air tickets and boarding passes to unsuspecting passengers.

According to him, Alonge, who is a ground staff of the airline is the one who secures the ticket and hand them over to his accomplices to issue to passengers.

The commissioner paraded three suspects who presented themselves as travel agents to dupe three travellers to the tune of N1.33 million.

The suspects, he said, swindled Isiaka Afolabi, Tolu Tejuosho and Gbenga Tejuosho of N996,000 and N335,500 by securing for them fake travel documents procured from Oluwole on Lagos Island.

According to him, the fake documents were to enable them travel to London and Georgia, U.S.A. respectively.
He said the fraudsters, including Adetokunbo Adegbada and Rotimi Onyerongbe, also issued their victims fake $1,600 as basic travel allowance.

Hashimu also told Vanguard that one Bashiru Bala was arrested at the car park of the Lagos international airport for operating illegal Bureau De Change, adding that the suspect was picked up with N489,000 and $890 respectively."