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Businessman docked over alleged visa fraud


LAGOS – A 52-year-old businessman, Bamidele Aremu, who allegedly obtained N850,000 from a client with a pretext of securing a U.S visa for him, was on Friday docked before an Abule-Egba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, who resides at No. 1A, Sodeinde St., Isolo, Lagos, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretext, stealing and causing breach of peace.
The prosecutor, Insp Rachael Williams, told the court that the offence was committed on Sept.1, 2013 at No. 1, Oke-Ona St., Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos.
Williams alleged that the accused fraudulently collected N850, 000 from one Konigbagbe Odunayo with a pretext of securing a U.S. visa for him.
“The accused bolted away after collecting the money, and whenever the complainant calls him on phone, he threatens to kill him,” she said.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N700, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered the accused to deposit N100, 000 with the court registrar as part of the bail condition.
Elias adjourned the case till Jan. 19 for mention. (NAN)

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