German Police Bust Nigerian Gang Behind Fake Marriages

German police at work.

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Fox News has reported the arrest of some Nigerians in Germany who make a living by arranging fake marriages to facilitate movements to Europe.

According to the report, the Police in Germany and Portugal raided properties linked to a gang suspected of arranging the fake marriages in order to make it easier for Nigerians to come to Europe.

Berlin police say they searched 41 homes and offices in the German capital early Tuesday, arresting five people.

Officers also seized passports, European Union residency permits, cell phones and storage devices.

According to Fox News, simultaneous operations took place in Portugal.

German federal police spokesman Jens Schobranski said the suspects detained were a 50-year-old Nigerian man, two Nigerian women aged 46 and 50, and two German women aged 55 and 64.

They are accused of selling certificates to Nigerian men documenting fake marriages with Portuguese women in more than 70 cases, taking up to 13,000 euros ($15,600) each time.