EFCC has arraigned two suspects for alleged Visa fraud.
News Rain reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office has arraigned one school proprietress and one other for alleged involvements in Visa Scam.
EFCC On School Proprietor Arrest Over Visa Scam
The development which was made known to the public on Thursday, through a signed Press Release from the office of the Head Media and Publicity of the Commission, Wilson Uwujare.
The release which stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal office, on Thursday, September 24, 2020, arraigned two persons, Motunrayo Olasebikan and Abideen Adefisayo Tijani, before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan for alleged involvement in a visa scam.
Wilson Uwujare in the stated through the release that Olasebikan, who claimed to be a school proprietress in the state capital, was arraigned alongside Tijani on a seven-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, and uttering.
The release which gave one of the charges for the suspects as thus: “That you: Olasebikan Motunrayo and Tijani Abideen Adefisayo on or about September 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial division of this Honourable Court, did make document titled: “Electronic Travel Authorisation” “No. J511464256” in the name of one Adediran Pamilerin Adedayo purporting it to have been issued by the Canadian High Commission on the 6th of July, 2016 and expiring on 6th of June, 2021 with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense”.
Wilson said that the suspects were arraigned followed a petition to the EFCC from one Inumidunsola Popoola who wrote on behalf of himself and other victims.
Popoola alleged that sometimes in February 2018 he and three others were tricked by the defendants into parting with monies running into millions of naira for processing travel documents. The suspects, he added, presented themselves to be registered travel agents licensed to undertake the task.
He further alleged that though they were given some documents as agreed, it was later discovered that the papers were forged as they were turned down at the point of traveling.
Though the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, and In view of their plea, the prosecution team led by Dr. Ben Ubi prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the duo in custody pending the trial date.
The defense counsel, A. B. C. Ademiluyi and S. O. Alli prayed the court for a short adjournment to hear the bail applications of their respective clients.
Justice Akintola subsequently adjourned the case to October 7 for the hearing of the bail applications and ordered that the accused be remanded at the EFCC’s custody.