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Travel agent docked over visa fraud

By Ayodele Popoola

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A 47-year-old travel agent, Olusegun Babalola has been arraigned before an Akure Magistrates’ Court over alleged N2.5m visa fraud.

Babalola whose address was not provided, pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of fraud and obtaining in false pretext.

The prosecutor, Inspector Abdulateef Sulieman told the court that the defendant committed the offences between 2019 and 2021 at Akungba Akoko.

Sulieman said the defendant obtained N1,040,000 from Bola Ajigboni, N700,000 from David Solomon, N839,000 from one Olubunmi Arowolo under the pretence that he would help them procure travelling visa to Dubai which he knew to be false.

He said the defendant who failed to fulfill this promise, converted N2,577,000 to his personal use.

He said all efforts made by the complainants to get their money back proved abortive.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 419 and 390(8)(b) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37 Vol. 1. Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2016

In his ruling, Magistrate N.T Aladejana, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2millon and a surety in like sum.

Aladejana said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment to the Ondo State Government.

He adjourned the case till September 15, 2022 for hearing.

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