How A Nigerian Father Marries His OWN Daughter To Stay In Britain

A Nigerian Father marries his OWN daughter to stay in Britain! How bizarre is that? A Nigerian Home Office worker 'married' his own daughter to get her a British visa, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The extraordinary scam was apparently executed by Jelili Adesanya while ministers turned a blind eye.

Mr Adesanya, 54, has lived here for more than 30 years and holds a British passport, but wanted his daughter, her husband and their four sons to join him from Nigeria.

He faked a wedding ceremony complete with a photograph of the happy 'couple' which helped fool immigration officials that his daughter, Karimotu Adenike, was really his wife.

Miss Adenike, who is in her mid-30s, was duly granted permission to live in the UK.

The pair are waiting for her to be granted a permanent right to remain before they undergo a quiet divorce and attempt to bring the rest of her family here.

It is expected she would try to remarry her real husband to get them all visas.
But despite being tipped off two years ago, the Home Office seems to have done nothing to stop the scam by one of their own workers.

Until recently, Mr Adesanya was employed as an occupational health nurse for the Home Office, working with immigration officials at Gatwick airport.

A whistleblower sent letters to the High Commission in Lagos and the UK Border Agency including specific details such as names, addresses, passport numbers and even a copy of the wedding photograph.

When there was no response, he sent emails to then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and ministers Vernon Coaker and Phil Woolas on February 1 this year. He heard nothing.

Mr Adesanya, who came to Britain in 1976, flew back to Nigeria on May 29, 2007, and held the bogus wedding ceremony a few days later at a register office in Ikorodu, Lagos
A source said: "They paid people to attend the wedding so that the British High Commission in Lagos would believe it was genuine. The commission then gave Karimotu Adenike a two-year settlement visa in October 2007."

'On her settlement visa application form, of course, she did not mention that she already had a husband and four children.

'The date of birth on her Nigerian passport is not her real date of birth.'

Miss Adenike is believed to have aged herself by ten years on her wedding certificate to disguise the age gap with her father.

Although her settlement visa expired last month, she is hoping to be given the right to remain.

David Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate and Shadow Justice Minister, was also tipped off by the whistleblower and wrote to the Home Office.

This time there was a reply, but it said that although the matter was 'under investigation', no further information would be provided because it could 'breach our obligations under the Data Protection Act'.

Mr Burrowes told the Mail: 'I am very surprised and concerned that no action appears to have been taken, because the allegations are extremely serious.'

Mr Adesanya, who lives with his daughter in Dagenham, Essex, vehemently denied the plot and said he had never been questioned about the allegations.

He said: 'Married my own daughter? I have never heard anything like this in my life. I deny it. She is my wife, not my daughter.

However, asked to confirm his 'wife's' date of birth, he said he did not know without checking her passport, and refused to allow her to speak for herself.

Unbeknown to him, his daughter had confirmed the arrangement when she told a friend she would shortly apply for her own British passport and 'divorce daddy'.

Last night Jonathan Sedgwick, from the UK Border Agency, said: 'These individuals are already under investigation, and I want to make it clear that abuse of our immigration laws will not be tolerated.

'If we identify marriages which we believe are not genuine, we will challenge them and prosecute where appropriate.

'We are determined to send home any foreign nationals convicted of these types of crimes once they have served their sentences.'



  1. ubesie chukwuebuka chidiogo

    November 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Nigeria no dey carry last this is why the white dey fear us. But this father and her daughter went for all this process just to have a Visa, now the truth have been reviewed they now will Face court judge’s .

  2. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    woah dahz real desperation I must say oga no be by force to reside in uk 9ja is not as bad as u think mk una pack una baggage come join us

  3. Ope Adediran

    November 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Na only them waka come? They keep giving Nigeria a bad image

  4. Ezinwa Faith

    November 21, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Na wa o this is totally rubbish! Here nd there some set of nigerians keep spoiling our names nd reputation! Dat man needs to be flogged jare

  5. Ademola Oluwaseun

    November 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Nigeria’s nickname outside 9ja is something disgraceful, and the 4niest thing is that we are lackadaisical about it.

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