By Reuben Buhari
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has commenced investigation into how some public servants in Nigeria now launder money outside the country under the guise of seeking medical attention abroad.
The scam is being aided by fraudulent travel agencies that forged public documents for easy procurement of visas at foreign embassies.
Also, worried by the increasing number of petitions received from patients seeking medical attention abroad after being duped by some freelance agents, the ICPC said it had arrested 13 suspects in Lagos, over a period of two weeks.
A statement by ICPC’s resident media consultant, Mr. Folu Olamiti, said the investigation and arrest were as a result of the commission’s desire to improve the local business climate and transnational transactions by eliminating corruption-prone processes.
Those arrested at different locations were either caught using forged public documents like bank statements and letters from government agencies or aiding and abetting the production of same to procure visas at the Indian High Commission.
The latest arrests involved five suspects, three of whom were involved in the production of fake documents to satisfy visa requirements, while a fourth was in possession of suspicious travel documents. The fifth suspect, a lady, was arrested for allegedly colluding with someone in India to procure a fake invitation letter from an Indian Hospital.
The five suspects are: Alimi Sunday, Amos Edema Enabulele, Samuel Oboiako, Azeez Mujeeb Abiodun and Philomena Nwanorue.
Operatives of ICPC cordoned off the business centre used for the production of these documents, conducted a search and impounded computers and printers for thorough forensic analysis.