Officials of the United States of America consulate general’s Office in Lagos have nabbed a 45-year old American based Nigerian, Stephen Ezenduka at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos for allegedly claiming to be an American citizen with the name Mr David Bussey.
A police source said that following the incident, the Embassy Officials notified the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Special Fraud unit, PSFU at Ikoyi, Lagos, Mr Felix Vwamhi about the arrest.
The source said that following the report, Vwamhi despatched his crack team led by the officer in charge of the diplomatic desk at PSFU, Lagos, DSP Lawal Audu to the airport to arrest the suspect.
During investigation, according to the Police, the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime and said that he had been using the name of an American citizen, Mr David Bussey for long to live in the United States and that he allegedly fraudulently obtained the name through identity fraud.
Ezenduka was charged before the Tinubu Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two court charge of unlawful possession of a United States of America passport with the name,Mr David Bussey suspected to have been unlawfully obtained through identity fraud.
Police counsel, ASP Wew Adegbayi told the court in charge No TC /30/2020 that the accused commited the offence at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos while travelling to the United States of America.
Adegbayi said that nemesis caught up with the accused who had been living in the USA for long with identity fraud when he visited Nigeria and was on his way back to USA.
He said that the offences, the accused committed were punishable under sections 378(1) and 327(1) of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and magistrate , F.M Dally granted him N100,000 bail with two surties in like sum.
Dally adjourned the case till 15 April , 2020 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi correctional facility till he preferred.