1 A 47-year-old man, Chidi Ofiri, on Wednesday appeared in an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State for alleged N1million visa fraud.
2 Ofiri, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining N1 million under false pretence and forgery.
3 The prosecutor, Insp. Christian Okonofua told the court that the defendant committed the offences in 2020 at Ipakodo area of Ikorodu.
4 Okonofua said that the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N1 million from the complainant, Mrs Abiola Kelechi, with the pretence of wanting to help her process a Spanish Visa.
According to the prosecutor, the defendant also forged a Republic of Seychelles International passport in the name of the complainant knowing fully well that she is a Nigerian.
5 He told the court that the offences contravened Sections 314 and 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
6 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while Section 314 stipulates 15 years jail term for obtaining under false pretext, Section 365 provides three years imprisonment for forgery.
7 The Magistrate, Mrs T.
8 A. Shotobi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Shotobi adjourned the case until Sept. 1 for mention.
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