Two arraigned for visa fraud in Lagos

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A 39-year-old man, Folorunso Kayode, and 42-year-old Moses Oriole, have been arraigned before an lkeja Magistrate’s Court for alleged visa fraud and issuance of fake documents in the lkotun area of the state.

The suspects were arraigned on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, theft and issuance of fake documents.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects had claimed to be visa agents to Australia, obtained money from two persons and subsequently issued them with fake documents.

The police prosecutor, Inspector N. Peter, said the suspects committed the offence on October 11, 2017, at about 2.30pm on Taiwo Odukoya Street, Abaranje, lkotun.

Peter told the court that the offence contravened sections 280, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The charges read in part, “That you, Folorunso Kayode and Moses Oriole, on October 11, 2017, at about 2.30pm on Taiwo Odukoya Street, Abaranje, lkotun, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit; obtaining money under false pretences, by obtaining the sum of N2m from one Emmanuel Odoemena, under the pretext of procuring an Australia visa for him, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did obtain the sum of N1,760,000 from one Chinedu Kingsley, under the pretext of procuring an Australian visa for him, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The presiding magistrate, Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N600,000 each with two “responsible sureties” each in like sum.

She adjourned the case till January 31, 2018.

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