Agent remanded for defrauding Canadian visa applicant

Agent remanded for defrauding Canadian visa applicant

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An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court on Thursday ordered the remand of a 39-year-old man, Ajayi Olufemi, for allegedly defrauding a visa applicant of N2m.

The police prosecutor, Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on October 12, 2021, in Ado Ekiti.

According to the charge, the defendant allegedly obtained N2m from the complainant, Mr Arifayan Babatunde, on the pretext of processing a Canadian visa for him.

The complainant, in his statement to the police, said a friend introduced him to the defendant, who claimed to be a travel agent.

He said, “I told him that I wanted to travel to Canada with an agreement to pay N2m for the processing.

“I transferred the money to him and after the payment, he (the defendant) sent some documents to me. When I made an inquiry on the documents, I was told that they were fake.”

The police prosecutor noted that the offence contravened Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.

He urged the court to remand Olufemi in a custodial centre pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Bankole Oluwasanmi, who granted the request of the prosecutor, ordered the remand of the defendant pending issuance of legal advice.

Oluwasanmi adjourned the case till May 9 for mention.

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