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Man marries his own daughter to get her citizenship

By Mason White 2:30 PM November 19, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A man of the United Kingdom, who wanted to bring his daughter to the country from Nigeria, decided to marry her to get her a visa.

54-year-old Jelili Adesanya lived in the country for over 30 years and holds a British passport.

Now, he is trying to bring over his daughter along with her husband and four children. Adesanya staged a wedding ceremony, and took photos of him and his daughter as a happy couple.

The photos convinced immigration officials that his daughter, 30-year-old Karimotu Adenike, was actually his wife. Adenike was granted permission to live in the United Kingdom.

The woman is now waiting for a permanent right to remain in the country before undergoing a legal divorce. She will then marry her husband and try to bring the rest of her family over to the country.

Adesanya was employed as an occupational health nurse for the Interior Ministry, in collaboration with immigration officials at Gatwick airport.

An anonymous letter was sent to the Office of the High Commissioner in Lagos, Nigeria, and the U.K. Border Agency, tipping them off about the fraud.

After not receiving a response, the tipster sent emails to the Home Secretary. So far, nothing has been done to stop the couple.

Adesanya lives with his daughter in Dagenham, Essex.