PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S PROTOCOL OFFICERS IN VISA RACKETEERING
The British Embassy recently discovered a discrepancy in the visas issued for the contingent of the nation’s No. 1 citizen, President Goodluck Jonathan during his last journey to the United Kingdom. We were told that, out of the 25 visas issued for the president’s team, it was noticed that, 3 of those that got visas were not on his entourage. In-depth investigation conducted by this office has revealed that there are black sheep engaging in spurious business deal in the cabinet. According to sources at the presidential villa, there are series of visa racketeering deals going on among the protocol officials and departmental heads at the State House, Abuja. Enquirer gathered that more than two other names were included on the list of the president’s delegates to the United Kingdom where he is part of eminent international personalities holding talks on how to restore peace in war-torn Somalia. The ugly development, according to a dependable source, has become worrisome to heads of security agencies after proofs that President Jonathan's list for the UK trip was falsified. It has also been confirmed at the Nigeria Embassy, London, that President Jonathan is in the UK with a-25 man delegation which is contradictory to the visa issued by the embassy. Further investigation revealed that a high profile syndicate of visa racketeering is operating at the State House, Abuja, under the protection of departmental and Unit Heads of the media, accounts and office of the permanent secretary anytime the President travels to the UK, US and Canada. “Each time there is a foreign trip, these officials whose family members, friends, concubines, girlfriends and cronies may have applied for visas repeatedly without success, take advantage of this to pad up the official lists so as to help secure visas for their loved ones”, a reliable Presidency source disclosed. Another source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja has pointed out that “the syndicate also defraud the government in the process as both the government and the non-official applicants pay for the visa fees. After the government had paid directly to the embassies, the applicants would be forced to pay huge sums of money to the racketeers upon collection of their passports with valid visas.” President Jonathan is in the UK along with leaders of 40 other countries to hold talks on finding lasting peace in the war-torn Somalia.