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Clergy in court over alleged N180,000 visa fraud

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Akin Ajagbe, a cleric, was prosecuted on Friday at the Ikeja Magistrates Court by police for allegedly defrauding a homemaker of N180,000 by a United Kingdom visa. Ajagbe was accused of obtaining money under pretenses and theft.

The prosecutor’s office, sergeant. Ishola Samuel told the court that Ajagbe, 52, who resides at number 31, Church St., Oke-Odo, Agege, Lagos, with a person in general committed the crime on August 10, 2017.

She claimed that Ajagbe fraudulently obtained N180,000 from the plaintiff, Ms. Biliki Adesope, to get a UK visa for her. The prosecutor alleged that Ajagbe “disappeared” after collecting the money.

He said the crime violated the provisions of sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of the State of Lagos, 2015.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes a three-year prison sentence for theft, while Section 314 attracts 15 years to obtain money under false claims.

Judge A.I Abina admitted that the defendant had to pay a bond of N300,000 with a guarantee in the same amount.

Abina ordered that the bond be used in a remunerated manner and show evidence of two years of payment of taxes to the Government of the State of Lagos (LASG). The magistrate postponed the case until August 28 for his hearing.