An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Thursday,imprisoned Kolawole Samuel, a businessman for allegedly obtaining N400,000 from a man under the case of visa fraud.
The defendant, 40 years old, lives at Ayetoro in Ogun and is charged with receiving cash under false pretences and stealing of which he did not testify.
The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu told the court during the sitting that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 1 at Ikeja.
He, however, alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained N400,000 from Mr Boluwaji Boboye under the pretext of procuring Canadian visa for him which he never did.
‘’After the defendant collected the money, he was nowhere to be found.
‘’Efforts made by the complainant to get the visa or retrieve his money were unsuccessful as the defendant could no longer be located and he refused to pick up the complainant’s calls.
‘’The defendant was later apprehended and handed over to the police,’’ the prosecutor said.
”The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes three years jail term for stealing, while Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences.
Magistrate, Mr J.A Adegun, however, granted the defendant bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He added that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidences of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).
He then adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.