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Woman docked over alleged N1.1m Qatar visa fraud




Ikeja, March 11, 2019 A woman, Amarachi Ogbuchi, who allegedly defrauded one Mr Ikechukwu Onuoha of N1.1 million over Qatar Visa, was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, on a three-count charge.

Ogbuchi, 37, who claimed to be a travel agent, allegedly duped Onuoha on the pretext of procuring a Qatar visa for him.

According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Benson Emuerhi, the defendant, whose address was not given,  committed the offence sometime in January 2017 at Alaje Avenue, Graceland Estate in Egbeda, Lagos.

Emuerhi said that the defendant collected N1.1 million from the complainant  ( Onuoha) with a promise to procure a Qatar visa for him but didn’t.

“The defendant collected the money and failed to get the visa; she converted the money to her personal use, and absconded to an unknown destination,’’ he said.

The prosecutor said that when the complainant asked for his money, the defendant threatened his life and blocked his phone number.

Emuerhi said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 360 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ imprisonment for stealing.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts of fraud, forgery and stealing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, granted her bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Sule-Amzat ordered 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 May 2 for mention.