Immigration officer allegedly defrauds traveler of N3.9m
The police on Wednesday arraigned a 38-year-old Immigration officer, Emeka Francis, who allegedly impersonated an Interpol officer and defrauded a traveler of N3.99 million, in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant, whose residential address was not given, is charged with conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretense. The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Oluwabunmi Adeitan, told the court
The prosecution named the accounts as: Francis Emeka Eze, Zenith Bank, account no. 2081979756 and Francis Emeka Eze, First Bank, account no.2015859273. The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised). Obtaining money under false pretense stipulates 15-years-jail term, stealing attracts three years while conspiracy provides two years for offenders. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Chief Magistrate T.A. Ojo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. Ojo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must produce evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government. She also ordered that the sureties must be blood relatives of the defendant and also live within the court’s jurisdiction. The Magistrate adjourned the case until June 18 for hearing.