A court in the UK, has been told that a Nigerian, Fausat Abolere, who is facing deportation paid another Nigerian, Anthony Ezekpo £1,000 (about N419,000) to pose as her baby’s father so she and her newborn son could remain in the UK.
29-year-old Abolore and 49-year-old Ezekpo are docked over allegation that they conspired to breach immigration law. Abolere is accused of falsely entering Anthony Ezekpo’s name on the baby’s birth certificate and transferred £1,000 to him when he tried to register the child’s birth.
Another Nigerian, Samson Awoyinka, 29, who countersigned the passport application, is also facing conspiracy charges to breach the immigration law.
However, the trio denied the charges.
The trial commenced on Wednesday at the Inner London Crown Court during which the court heard that Abolore gave birth at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich in August 2014.
The Prosecutor Adam Gardner told the jury that she lived in the UK with her partner Peter Gentry, an illegal immigrant like her, and both hatched a plot, and pretended that Ezekpo was the baby’s father.
But their plot fell through when authorities became suspicious after they transferred £1,000 into Ezekpo’s account on the same day he tried to register the child’s birth.
During investigation a picture on Abolore’s phone of Mr Gentry – with whom Abolore has since had a second child – cradling the newborn at the baby’s naming ceremony, the court was told.
‘It was necessary for Miss Abolore to find a British citizen and that’s where Mr. Ezekpo come in.
‘He was enlisted as part of a fraudulent scheme to get British citizenship for her to remain in the UK,’ Mr. Gardner told the court.
The trial continues.