Thursday, 13 August 2020 06:34

How suspected Internet fraudster forged passport – Witness

Man jailed for fraudulent document possession

 

A Lagos State Special Offences Court, on Wednesday, heard how a suspected Internet fraudster, Vitus Ukaegbu, allegedly forged some documents and a passport.

Ukaegbu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Mojisola Dada on three counts bordering on forgery.

 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and following his plea, the court ordered the prosecution to open its trial.

While being led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Franklin Ofoma, an investigative officer with the anti-graft agency, OyewoleAyotunde, told the court that Ukaegbu was handed over to the commission by a soldier, who suspected him to be an Internet fraudster.

Ayotunde added that a credibility test of the intelligence report was carried out and in the course of investigation, a passport with number A03124615 was found in the defendant’s possession.

He said, “Upon inquiry, we discovered that it was another name that was on the passport, which bears the picture of his face. The discovery led the commission to write the Nigeria Immigration Service for clarification. The feedback stated that the passport was fake and that the passport with the number was issued to one Amaefuye Emma Ugo.”

Ayotunde further told the court that the EFCC also investigated the defendant’s account domiciled with Access and Zenith banks by writing to the lenders to check his financial transactions.

The prosecutor tendered the letters written to the NIS and the banks as well as the responses received as exhibits.

Justice Dada admitted the documents as exhibits and adjourned till October 8, 2020, for the continuation of trial

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja, on Wednesday, sentenced one SesanOlowolayemo to one-year imprisonment for possession of fraudulent documents.

 

Olowolayemo was arraigned by the EFCC before Justice Dada on five counts bordering on possession of documents containing false pretences and impersonation.

 

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to sections 320 and 380 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. 

The defence counsel in his allocutus, cited Section 316 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and urged the court to grant his client an option of fine.

Following Olowolayemo’s plea, Justice Dada sentenced him to one-year imprisonment with an option of N500,000 fine.

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