Julius Olawale Oluwagbenro, 46, was slammed with a life ban by the American Embassy for allegedly posing as an engineer, among other lies in order to get American Visa
According to the suspect, Tuesday was his fourth attempt to get the American Visa. He had thrice been rejected, but this fourth time got him a life ban.
He was alleged to have told the Embassy that he attended University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, where he studied Electrical Electronics. He was also accused of claiming to have once worked with Procter and Gamble.
Police said that another lie that Oluwagbenro told was that he was going to the US for burial of his uncle, who died of cancer in New York.
He then lied that he was presently working with Unilever as an engineer, with a monthly salary of N657,000. Recovered from him are some documents believed to be fake.
One of the documents is a police letterhead, stating that Oluwagbenro had a damaged passport and that the Embassy should, “kindly render any assistance he may require”.
Another document is a First Bank statement, showing that Oluwagbenro had N6.2 million in his account. The item which, however, nailed Oluwagbenro was the phone number of the contact person he was supposed to meet in America.
The Embassy discovered that the phone number of the contact person had been used for over 190 applicants. While Oluwagbenro’s documents showed that the contact person lives in Brooklyn, New York, the owner of the number lives in Chicago.
In an interview, Oluwagbenro said: “The truth is that I wasn’t the person that filled my visa form. My agent did. I was not even aware of most of the information he filled on the form. I sell cars in Ibadan.”