Businessman docked over alleged visa fraud



A businessman, Kolawole Samuel, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N400,000 from a man under the pretext of procuring Canadian visa for him.

The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that Samuel, 40, who lives at Ayetoro in Ogun, is being tried for obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

Ogu said that the defendant committed the offences on Aug.1 at Ikeja.

He alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained N400,000 from Mr Boluwaji Boboye under the pretext of procuring Canadian visa for him which he never did.

‘’After the defendant collected the money, he was nowhere to be found.

‘’Efforts made by the complainant to get the visa or retrieve his money were unsuccessful as the defendant could no longer be located and he refused to pick up the complainant’s calls.

‘’The defendant was later apprehended and handed over to the police,’’ the prosecutor said.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 prescribes three years jail term for stealing, while Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences.

Following his plea of not guilty, Magistrate Mr J.A Adegun released him on bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adegun said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidences of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.


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