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Court Convicts Visa Applicant For Forging Documents

A visa applicant, Adedeji Ayobami, has been found guilty by the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, for submitting fake documents to secure a visa to the United States of America.

Ayobami, who was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, faced 11 counts bordering on procuring fake documents to mislead a constituted authority.

A statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the offences were contrary to Section 13 and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The statement read in part, “The ICPC has recorded another successful prosecution in its relentless pursuit to rid Nigeria of visa racketeers. The commission secured a conviction for one Adedeji Ayobami at a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja for attempting to procure a United States of America visa with forged documents.

“Ayobami was charged before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court by the ICPC on 11 counts bordering on procuring fake documents to mislead a constituted authority.”

The statement added that Ayobami and one Mr Akin, who is said at be at large, conspired to forge a Nigerian passport with the convict’s name and containing United Kingdom’s visa, and presented the same at the US consulate, knowing that the documents were false. Ayobami was arrested on the embassy’s premises.

“The commission, acting on a report that Ayobami had presented false and misleading documents, arrested him on the premises of the US Consulate in Victoria Island, Lagos. In his statement to investigators, he admitted being in possession of and presenting the false documents to the consulate. He further admitted to having been assisted by Akin, a visa agent, to procure the fake documents,” the ICPC added.

After a plea bargain with the commission through a letter by his counsel, Taofik Jimoh, the convict entered into a guilty plea and Justice Dada sentenced him to a fine of N300,000 and community service of clearing bricks on the court premises under the supervision of the court registrar.

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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.