British Couple Arrested For Trying To Smuggle Nigerian Child - Photo

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at 02:48 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)

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«§» 23 April 2013

 A couple from Oxford have been convicted of attempting pass off a Nigerian baby as their own so they could bring it back to the UK, following a Joint Border Force and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) investigation a statement by Press Secretary of the British High Commission, Abuja, Rob Fitzpatrick said.



Gladys Effa-Heap and Simon Heap both of Wayneflete Road in Headington flew out to Nigeria in July 2010. Simon Heap is a 47-year-old expert on Nigeria who works with companies trying to forge international trade links and his partner is a nurse.

They later went to the British High Commission in Lagos where they applied for a British passport for the baby girl, claiming Mrs Effa-Heap had given birth within days of them arriving in Nigeria.

However, staff became suspicious and DNA tests later confirmed that neither adult was related to the child. A birth certificate they had presented was also found to be fraudulent.  They flew home without the baby.

Following an investigation, they were arrested and charged with facilitating a breach of immigration law.

During a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday 16 April the couple pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 250 hours of community service.

Marc Owen, head of Border Force at Heathrow, said “This was a shocking case where a couple attempted to pass someone else’s baby off as their own in an attempt to bring it to the UK.

“Thanks to the close co-operation between Border Force, the Metropolitan Police and staff at the British High Commission they were stopped and we were able to bring them to justice.”

Detective Inspector Kate Bridger, who leads the Investigation team, said “A child should not be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold.

“This couple attempted to circumvent the adoption system and deceive the authorities.

“That system is in place to protect children and we will do all we can to bring to justice those who try and get round it in this kind of way.”

Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border.

The agency was created on 1 March 2012 after being separated from the UK Border Agency.

It also shoulders the responsibility for entry controls and customs functions at the border, including juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including drugs and weapons and protection of border revenue.

1.     Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border. Border Force was created on 1 March 2012 after being separated from the UK Border Agency. Border Force is responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border, including juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including drugs and weapons and protection of border revenue.

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Solidstonez at 04:49 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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katdeluna2 at 04:52 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hahahahaha white militancy
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vicklove at 04:53 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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sonjohn994 at 04:54 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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tanglefree at 05:05 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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lanudja at 05:08 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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I think its an agreement b/w them & d baby parents 2 pass d baby 2 d UK bt their plan fails.
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osamabinladin at 05:25 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Alright !
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HOPEA23 at 05:46 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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The parents of the baby might have sold the baby to them... But for them to lied about it is a great offense and they should be death with... If it was their land it would have be something else by now.

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Lekan22 at 05:50 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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good
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Shanex at 06:01 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Please,my fellow naija pal friends,I get so embarrassed reading your post because of your grammatical errors,if you really don't know what to write,then don't!
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paulohking at 06:14 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hmmmm
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PHINO at 06:17 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: Shanex on 06:01 PM, 23/04/2013
Please,my fellow naija pal friends,I get so embarrassed reading your post because of your grammatical errors,if you really don't know what to write,then don't!

ENGLISH NO BE OUR LANGUAGE O,ANY HOW WEH THEM WRITE AM NO WAHALA AS LONG AS SAY WE UNDERSTAND LOL
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destinlily at 06:42 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: sonjohn994 on 04:54 PM, 23/04/2013
NA HELP DEM WON DO OOOOO Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
u have said what is on  my mind, and that is the truth thanks...
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Esty4life at 07:11 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hmmmm i see
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prettybon at 07:32 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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juddycoil at 07:47 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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The pikin go swear for the people wey catch them for future  Roll Eyes
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zoe61 at 08:09 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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the way they went about it is very wrong they know the right thing to do by applying for adorption instead of smuggling the child
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chicco77 at 08:14 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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hmmm
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Senegal at 08:22 PM, 23/04/2013 (6 years ago)
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