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Travel agent docked over alleged N1.7m visa fraud

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A 49-year-old travel agent, David Ojukwu, who allegedly defrauded a client of N1.7 million under the pretence of helping procure an Australian visa for him, on Friday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police charged Ojukwu, who resides at No.7 Tewogbade St., Ojodu Berger in Lagos with three counts of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The Police Counsel, ASP Akeem Raji, told the court the defendant allegedly collected N1.7 million from the complainant, Mr. Ifesochukwu Nwankwo, to procure an Australian Visa, a representation he knew to be false.

Raji alleged that the defendant committed the offence with others at large in January 2018 in Ikeja.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections of 287,314 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).

The rule of law states that obtaining money under false pretences attracts 15 years imprisonment, stealing three years and conspiracy two years if found convicted.

Chief Magistrate A.O. Layinka admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum. She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed.

She adjourned the case until Sept.30 for hearing.

163 COMMENTS

  1. That’s too bad, if he actually did it He deserve the punishment stated…. How can he defraud some one such amount of money???

  2. Comment: fraud and scam everywhere in Nigeria, brother defraud brother, friends defraud friends; compatriots defraud compatriots; what a society! what a country. so sad.

  3. naija with the defrauding, you can’t get rich by stealing but if your succeeding for long, one day is for the owner

  4. That’s very bad. Let’s be cautious when applying for visa because there are fake travel agents who are waiting to swindlers your money

  5. All these travel agents if they are so good in taking people abroad I wonder what they are still doing in naija,scammers everywhere

  6. Let him pay for his crime.That’s too bad, if he actually did it He deserve the punishment stated…. How can he defraud some one such amount of money???

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