Nigerian prince ‘behind massive migration scam’: Royal accused of running complex web of companies in ‘systematic attack’ on British borders

Well, if this story is to be believed, this dude (who might be your friend, uncle, brother, cousin or former school mate) is one of those giving our great country Nigeria, a bad name abroad. Now you know how he affords his flashy lifestyle.

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  • Dr Yilkyes Bala ran a huge illegal immigration racket in the UK, it is claimed
  • He allegedly used refugee passports to give fellow Nigerians new identities
  • The African royal is on trial with six others at Canterbury Crown Court

By CHRIS GREENWOOD

 

Accused: Dr Yilkyes Bala outside Canterbury Crown Court. The royal is accused of running a huge illegal immigration racket in the UKAccused: Dr Yilkyes Bala, 54, allegedly ran a huge illegal immigration racket in the UK

A Nigerian prince (Devaan says: He might not even be a real prince o!) ran a huge illegal immigration racket in the UK, a court was told yesterday.

Dr Yilkyes Bala, 54, was accused of using a complex web of security companies to mask a ‘systematic attack’ on Britain’s borders over eight years.

The African royal allegedly used dozens of refugee passports passed to him by a corrupt Home Office official to give fellow Nigerians new identities.

He then employed them and gave them references so they could ‘hit the jackpot’ and obtain a National Insurance number, giving them full rights of citizenship.

Bala even conspired with others to give his second wife and his brother false identities so they could join him at his home in South-East London, the jury heard.

He is on trial with six others – including his wife and ex-wife.

Simon Farrell QC, prosecuting, told Canterbury Crown Court the case was a ‘systematic attack against our immigration laws which took place over many years’.

‘In various ways all these defendants were involved in assisting individuals who had no right to be in the UK to live and work here,’ he added.

‘A corrupt Home Office official, since convicted of misconduct in a public office, assisted by providing hundreds of improperly issued refugee passports.’

Bala referred to himself as ‘His Royal Highness Prince Yilkyes Bala Tonglele PhD State Crown Prince’, the jury heard.

The court was told he runs the Armour Group of companies, which supplies private security guards.

It is linked to other firms including ABC Guarding Ltd, which became Mayfair and Knightsbridge Guarding Ltd in 2006.

Other defendants had senior roles, such as heads of finance and operations.

The Nigerian prince is on trial with six others ¿ including his wife and ex-wife - at Canterbury Crown Court (pictured)The African royal is on trial with six others – including his wife and ex-wife – at Canterbury Crown Court (above) 

Mr Farrell said they ‘must have known that these people [illegal immigrants] were changing their identities’, adding: ‘Armour Group wrote references so they could get National Insurance numbers … This is quite sophisticated.

‘What happens is you get one of these passports and then you get a National Insurance number, then you really hit the jackpot … because you can live and work and be here at will.’

The headquarters of Armour Group, in Woolwich, south-east London, received 81 illicit refugee passports, the court heard.

After Bala was arrested, he attempted to blame the property’s receptionist for orchestrating the scam, Mr Farrell said.

'Systematic attack': The Nigerian prince allegedly used dozens of refugee passports passed to him by a corrupt Home Office official to give fellow Nigerians new identities‘Systematic attack’: The Nigerian prince allegedly used dozens of refugee passports passed to him by a corrupt Home Office official to give fellow Nigerians new identities

The documents are meant for those claiming asylum in Britain, often fleeing religious or political persecution.

But the Home Office worker was illicitly applying for them in the name of non-existent relatives of real refugees.

She then passed them to Bala and other defendants who are accused of using them to help illegal immigrants stay in the UK.

All seven defendants deny conspiracy to breach immigration law between February 2003 and June 2011 and other immigration offences.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

 

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