Visa scam: Lagos travel agent swindles Dubai-bound client of N600,000

Layinka ordered that the sureties should have means of livelihood and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Visa scam: Lagos travel agent swindles Dubai-bound client of N600,000
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A 36-year-old travel agent, Folarin Babatunde, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding his client of N600, 000.

Babatunde, who resides at Ilupeju area of Lagos, is facing three charges of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in November 2019 at Ilupeju Estate, Lagos.

Ihiehie said the defendant obtained the sum of N600, 000 from the complainant, Mrs Rukayat Morenikeji, under the pretext of procuring her a Dubai Visa.

He said that all efforts made by the complainant to get back her money proved abortive.

Ihiehie said the offences contravened sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Layinka, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Layinka ordered that the sureties should have means of livelihood and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until April 7 for mention.

NAN

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