British Border Agency on the take! Now hit by fresh 'bribes for visas' scandal
The British Border Agency is facing a fresh scandal over allegations that a senior employee sold visas to illegal immigrants in return for bribes
English first minister gets the Yard involved; Scotland Yard says a high-level employee, whose job was to vet thousands of visa applications from Africa, accepted bribes for allowing Nigerians to enter the country illegally.
Samuel Shoyeju, an entry clearance officer, was arrested while working at the agency’s head offices in Croydon, south London, according sources from the offices of the English first minister.
He will appear in court later this week, and is expected to be accused of possessing false Nigerian passports and concealing substantial cash payments to a bank account in his name, either knowing or suspecting that they were the proceeds of criminal conduct.
He has also been accused of misconduct in a public office and breaches of the immigration law for allegedly falsely issuing entry visas.
The allegations come days after the head of the border force and two senior officials were suspended when it emerged that hundreds of thousands of foreigners had entered without full passport and anti-terrorism checks.
Brodie Clark, the suspended director of the border force, is said to have been under pressure to reduce queues at airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick that have been building up since the agency cut 700 frontline jobs.
Border guards at airports and ports were ordered not to bother checking biometric chips on passports of citizens from outside the EU, it is claimed.
Staff at the British Border Force, which is part of the British Border Agency, was also allegedly instructed not to compare fingerprints or other personal details against the Home Office’s database of terror suspects and illegal immigrants.
An immigration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mr Clark had been reported by frontline staff who were concerned about the new approach.
“They complained about being asked not to question visa non-EU nationals. They expressed a lot of concern about the integrity of the controls, which they felt were being secretly watered down,” said the official.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has launched an independent inquiry into the UK border force and is due to give an emergency statement to MPs about the case on Monday.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, demanded to know whether the reduction in resources had encouraged the agency to “cut corners”.
Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister said that; “David Cameron and Theresa May need to get a firm grip of illegal immigration and the border security fast. Theresa May needs to answer urgently whether the cuts to 5,000 jobs from the border agency are increasing pressure on officials to cut corners on border security and illegal immigration,” Sir Michael said if he was in charge there would be no cutting corners and that if members of the public have to wait in queues while checks were being made, what they have to remember is it is for their safety these controls are in place, and with that in mind so should be their patience.
Last month Benjamin Orororo, another agency official, was jailed after admitting that he