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Man, woman in court over alleged N1.6m visa fraud

The police on Tuesday arraigned a woman, Esther Nnachi and a man, Moses David, in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged N1.6 million visa fraud.Nnachi of 22, Kukwaba St., Kubwa and David of 96, New Maitama Juji St., Kubwa, are facing three-count charge of joint act, criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The prosecutor, Mr Dalhatu Zannah, told the court that one Ekwelem Solomon of Ikedere Amaimo, Owerri, Imo, reported the matter at Utako Police Station on Feb. 24.Zannah alleged that sometime in March, 2017, the complainant paid N1.6 million to the defendants to procure Australia visa and ticket for him.

He said that in false pretext, the defendants collected the money and promised to deliver the job within 16 days. Zannah said that the defendants refused to deliver the job but converted the money to their own use and absconded to unknown destination.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 79, 322 and 312 of the Penal Code.However, the defendants denied committing the offences. The Judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, admitted them to bail in the sum N600, 000 each and a surety each in like sum. Sadiq ordered that the sureties must be level 10 officers in the civil service. He adjourned the case until March 12.

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.