Leadership (Abuja)

21 December 2012

Nigeria: 25-Year-Old Man Charged for N3 Million Visa Fraud

A 25-year-old man, Moses Edokpayi, on Friday, appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates' Court in Lagos, charged with an alleged N3 million visa scam.

He allegedly swindled one Victor Amah of the amount.

Edokpayi is facing a one-count charge of illegal conversion of property.

The Prosecutor, ASP Augustine Orji told the court that the accused committed the crime between 2010 and 2012 at Sangotedo area of Ajah, Lagos State.

"He deceived Amah by claiming to be an employee of the Thai Embassy in Lagos and promised to assist him and some of his friends with Shenghen visas," Orji said.

The prosecutor further told the court that Edokpayi, who agreed on a fee of N3 million with his victims, only got fake visas for them.

He added that all efforts made to track the defendant proved abortive until the police was brought in and the accused was tricked into believing that he had more visa clients.

"They agreed to meet at the CMS area of Lagos Island and the suspect was subsequently arrested", Orji said.

He said the offence was punishable under section 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mr Martins Owumi, granted him bail in the sum of N300, 000, with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case to Jan. 9 for hearing. (NAN)

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