Man is charged with possessing fake passport

A man arrested on suspicion of possessing a fake passport has been charged with fraud.

Taimo Taofeeq Yusuf, 38, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with 15 counts of fraud including possession of a false Nigerian passport.

The operation was part of a planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle immigration offences.

Mr Yusuf was remanded in custody until Thursday 23 September.

The Nigerian national was arrested at a residential address in the Bloomfield area of east Belfast on Tuesday on suspicion of being an illegal entrant to the UK.

The operation was carried out by a specialist team including police and staff from the UK Border Agency.