Man who entered UK on false Nigerian passport jailed

A Nigerian who entered the UK with a false Nigerian passport has been jailed for nine months.

Collins Kola Ayoola, 32, living in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to fraud at Downpatrick Crown Court.

Ayoola was living in Belfast when he was arrested in 2009 by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers after he used the false passport to obtain an electoral card, open a number of bank accounts and register a business.

His arrest was part of a nationwide operation by UKBA officers targeting illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.

Ayoola was sentenced to nine months for three counts of possession of false identity cards namely a false Nigerian passport, possession of false documents and seeking leave to remain in the UK by deception.

Earl Aiken, senior investigator, Northern Ireland, UK Border Agency said they are “intensifying enforcement activity to tackle immigration crime and bring individuals to justice. We are determined to create a hostile environment which makes it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to come to the UK and put down roots. We hope this sentence will send the message that we will find and prosecute anyone who attempts to commit this type of fraud.”