Man, 29, in court over alleged N1.6m visa fraud

By Opeyemi Aremu‎

 

Lagos   –       The police on Thursday arraigned a 29-year-old man, Emeka Abraham in a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly collecting N1.622 million from two men on false pretext to procure visa for them.

Abraham, whose address was not provided, was facing four-count charge bordering on obtaining money on
false pretext and stealing.

‎The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that Abraham committed the offences between January and April 2017 at National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

According to her, the defendant obtained N1.122 million from Ogbonna Ikechukwu on the pretext of procuring visa for football trial abroad.

She said that the defendant also collected N500,000 from Patrick Chimaobi on the pretext of procuring a Dubai Visa for football trial abroad, a total of N1.622 million.

‎The offences contravened sections 287 and 314(1)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).‎

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mr Aro Lambo, granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.‎

Lambo said the surety must be a property owner and should provide evidence of tax payments and address verified as he adjourned hearing in the case until Oct. 17.

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