Nigerian gets 9 months for visa fraud

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Man Bags Nine Months in Prison with Hard Labour for Visa Fraud

Justice Mohammed Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, on Thursday, December 19, 2019, sentenced one Hammed Babatunde Mutiu to nine months in prison with hard labour and with no option of fine for visa fraud.

The convict was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office on a 16-count criminal charge of forgery and obtaining money under false pretence in which the court found him guilty of all, sentenced and convicted him accordingly.

His prosecution was sequel to a petition jointly written by four of his victims in which he was alleged to have collected a total of N4, 350, 000 (Four Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) on the pretence that he would secure Canadian visas for them.

Investigations, however, proved that Mutiu merely took advantage of his victims, who were desperate to seek greener pastures outside the shores of the country.

While delivering his judgement, Justice Owolabi who lamented the unending menace of visa racketeering posited that culprits such as Mutiu deserve to be punished accordingly to serve as deterrence to others.

“The offence of which the defendant is charged is very rampant in our society. I therefore found the defendant guilty on counts 1 to 16 and thereby sentence the defendant to nine months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from today, 19th December, 2019,” the judge held.

Apart from N500, 000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand) the convict earlier restituted, Justice Owolabi also ordered him to deliver the sum of N200, 000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) monthly through the EFCC to his victims “by way of restitution of part of the benefits he derived from his fraudulent acts.”

He was equally ordered to give up his Lexus RX 300 SUV in the sum of N650, 000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as part payment of the restitution of the sums he obtained from the crime.

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19 December, 2019

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https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/12/19/visa-scam-man-jailed-nine-months-with-hard-labour/

Visa Scam: Man jailed nine months with hard labour

Thursday, December 19, 2019
By Gbenro Adesina

Justice Mohammed Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court 14, sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan on Thursday convicted one Hammed Babatunde Mutiu of visa racketeering and sentenced him to nine months in prison.

Hammed was facing a 16-count criminal charge of obtaining money under false pretense, uttering and forging documents in a suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

The charge was sequel to a petition jointly written by four of his victims in which he was alleged to have collected N4,350,000 with the pretence that he had secured Canadian visas for them.

According to the charge, Hammed merely claimed to be what he was not in order to take advantage of the Nigerians who were desperate to seek greener pasture outside the shores of the country.

Count one of the charge reads: That you Hammed Babatunde Mutiu on or about the 23rd of May, 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Million Naira (1,000,000.00) only from one Zekeri Zakky Emestemhe by falsely pretending that it was part payment of the cost price of Canadian Visa you have secured for him, and thereby committed an offence.

The court found him guilty in all the charges and convicted him accordingly.

While delivering his judgment, Justice Owolabi lamented the growing menace of visa racketeering and the consequence on the Nigerian people. He posited that culprits like Hammed deserve to be accordingly punished to serve as deterrence to others.

“The offence of which the defendant is charged is very rampant in our society. I, therefore, found the defendant guilty on counts 1 to 16 and thereby sentence the defendant to nine months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from today, 19th December, 2019,” the presiding judge held.

The conviction, according to him, comes with hard labour and without an option of fine.

Apart from the N500, 000.00 earlier restituted, Justice Owolabi also ordered Hammed to deliver the sum of N200, 000.00 monthly through the EFCC to his victims ‘by way of restitution of part of the benefits he derived from his fraudulent acts.’

He was equally ordered to give up his Lexus RX 300 Jeep in the sum of N650, 000.00 as part payment of the restitution of the sums he obtained by false pretense.
 
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