Travel agent in court over alleged N2.9m visa scam

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THE police on Friday arraigned a 42-year-old travel agent, Innocent Olu, in a Life Camp Magistrates’  Court over alleged N2.9million U.S. visa fraud.

The police charged Olu, who resides in Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja with a criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Peter Ejike, of FCT Command, told the Court that, one Micheal Yakubu of Dangote Company Iupeju, Lagos State, via a written petition reported at the matter in the police station.

Ejike alleged that in the written petition, the complainant wrote that sometime in June 2015, his in-law, Mrs. Y.V. Ichoma, based in Chicago, U.S., sent the defendant 7,000 dollars (about N2.9million) to secure visas for the complainant’s family.

He told the court that the defendant breached the agreement and criminally converted the said amount to his personal use.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Sharon Tanko, in her ruling, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.

Tanko ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of any grade level and both sureties must have a fixed and verifiable address. She however adjourned the matter until Sept. 8 for hearing. (NAN)

– Jul. 3, 2020 @ 13:45 GMT |

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