Travel agent docked over N730, 000 ticket fraud

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LAGOS – A 31-year-old travel agent, Idowu Ayilara, allegedly duped a man N730, 000 on the pretext of helping him secure a flight ticket, on Friday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ayilara, who resides at No. 8, Epetedo St., Ogudu, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Chidi Okoye, said the accused committed the offences on April 14, at Femi Okunnu Estate, Lekki.

Okoye said that the complainant, Mr Wale Adegbite, contacted the accused to help him secure a flight ticket to travel to the U..A.

He said that an airline later contacted Adegbite and informed him that his ticket was fake and had been cancelled.

The prosecutor said that when Adegbite tried calling the accused on phone to recoup his money, he was unreachable and subsequently switched off his phone.

Okoye said that the offences committed contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos , 2011.

Ayilara, however, denied the charges brought against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Ms Abimbola Awogboro, granted the accused N100, 000 two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till July 9 for further hearing. (NAN)