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Travel agent face trial over alleged N4.5m visa scam

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday granted bail  to a travel agent, Ebuwa Agbonwaneten, who allegedly defrauded one Mr Lucky Omakaro of N4.5 million under the guise of procuring a Canadian visa for his family.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000, and ordered him to produce two sureties in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 24 for mention.

Agbonwaneten, who resides in Ikeja had   pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwangwu, urged the court not to grant the defendant bail.

According to him, the defendant committed the offences sometime in May 2018 at Johnson Crescent, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja.

The prosecutor told the court that the complainant gave the money to the defendant on different occasions.

“When he realised he had been duped, he demanded that the defendant should return his money,” he said.

He  said that the defendant refused to refund the money, adding that all efforts made to trace his whereabouts proved abortive.

The prosecutor told the court that  the police, however, later arrested the defendant somewhere in Lagos State.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 (1), (a), and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Edited by Shittu Obassa/Ijeoma Popoola

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