From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
The Embassy of Israel, yesterday, said it has intercepted an organized group visa-fraud syndicate involving 21 Nigerians.
A statement by the Senior Media & Political Officer, Embassy of Israel, Abuja, Tony Obiechina, and made available to Daily Sun, read in part: “The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria has intercepted an organized group visa-fraud syndicate involving 21 Nigerians.
“The Embassy was able to detect the fraud by making use of Israel’s advanced tools and techniques to fish out fraudulent applications. The embassy does not usually publicize issues like this, but due to the number of people involved and the organized method, it is important to keep the people informed about these developments so that we can collectively improve the system.
“These acts hurt the reputation of Nigeria and elongate the visa processing time for genuine applicants. All the relevant details and the names of the people involved have been submitted to the appropriate authorities.”