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Businessman in court over alleged N5.24m Canadian visa fraud

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Lagos, April 24, 2019 A businessman, Uchechukwu Anyagwa, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly obtaining N5.242 million under the guise of securing a Canadian visa.

Anyagwa, who resides at No. 31, Adebayo St., Dopemu, Lagos, is charged with conspiracy, fraud, stealing and forgery.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp Victor Eruada, told the court that Anyagwa, with some persons at large, committed the offence between Oct. 24, 2018 and Nov. 27, 2018, at Aguda in Lagos.

Eruada said that the defendant obtained N5.24 million from the complainant, Mr Kelechi Ehirim, under the pretext of securing the visa.

He said the defendant told Ehirim that he was a licensed agent of the Canadian Embassy.

Eruada alleged that Anyagwa, who did not secure the visa, forged a Canadian visa and gave the complainant as genuine.

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant has once forged an Ireland visa dated Nov.13, 2018.

Eruada said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287, 313, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate M. I. Dan-Oni admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N600, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Dan-Oni ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, and must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until May 7 for mention.

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