The Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Island, Lagos has sentenced two visa agents to fourteen years imprisonment without an option for defrauding the United States of America, USA Embassy in Lagos of the Sum of N50, 000,000 with fake Visa payment receipts for B1 and B2 Visa categories for 350 fresh visa applicants.
The convicts, Adefila Ismaila Adekunle, 44 and Busari Kabiru, 25, were sentenced by Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku of court two at the Igbosere Magistrate’s Court after she found the convicts guilty of the
three counts preferred against them by the police at the Special Fraud Unit, PSFU, Ikoyi, Lagos during he trial spanning about five years.
Botoku, however discharge and acquitted the third defendant, Friday Attah a photograph for want of evidence.
Botoku also directed that the sentence of the convicts would run con currently. The trio were charged on a three count of forgery and stealing.
Police counsel, ASP Wewe Adegbayi had told the court in charge No D/07/2015 that the
Journey to jail started for the convicts in February, 2015 when the officials at the US Embassy in Lagos represented by the Regional security officer. Mr. Christopher Cicoria petitioned the Commissioner of Police, C.P in charge of the police Special Fraud Unit, PSU, Ikoyi, Lagos that they had apprehended visa agents, Adefila Islamila Adekunle and Busari Kabiru who defrauded the US Embassy of the sum of N50, 000, 000 with fake visa payment receipts for B1 and B2 Visa categories for 350 fresh applicants.
Adegbayi said that following the report, the police swung into action and arrested the suspect Adekunle at the Embassy and that during investigation, Adekunle allegedly confessed to the crime and said that they used one original visa payment receipt of one his customer seeking for B1 and B2 Visa categories at the Embassy for other 350 fresh applicants before he was arrested.
Adekunle allegedly stated, “I conspired with Busari Kabiru and Friday Attah to defraud the US Embassy by using one original Visa payment receipts for 350 fresh applicants and converted the money they paid for the visa payment receipt to our use”.
“After we paid the normal fee for customers, seeking for B1 and B2 visa categories, we would used the visa payment receipts issued by the embassy for other 350 fresh applicants by using computer to erase the name on the original receipt and replacing it with another name and submitted to the embassy officials, Adekunle allegedly stated.
Chief magistrate Botoku, however found the two defendants guilty and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment each which would run con currently and acquitted the third defendant, Attah want