A 41-year-old man, Ferdinand Udekwe, on Wednesday appeared before an Apapa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N650,000 under the pretext of securing a Georgia visa for one Emeka Egwuatu. Udekwe, who resides at the Ajegunle area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
He, however, denied committing the offences levied against him. The Prosecutor, Insp. Tony Elibeh, said that the accused committed the offences in November, 2015 at the Berger Suya Market, Olodi, Apapa, Lagos. Elibeh said that Udekwe obtained the sum of N650,000 from the complainant with a promise to secure a Georgia visa for him.
``Instead of securing the Georgia visa for Egwuatu, the accused converted the money to his personal use,'' he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 312 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining money under false pretences, while Section 409 stipulates two years imprisonment for conspiracy.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Titus Abolarinwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till March 14, for mention.