Visa applicant convicted

A visa applicant , Adedeji Ayobami , has been found guilty by the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja , for submitting fake documents to secure a visa to the United States of America .

Ayobami , who was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, faced 11 counts bordering on procuring fake documents to mislead a constituted authority .

A statement by the ICPC spokesperson , Rasheedat Okoduwa , said the offences were contrary to Section 13 and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act , 2000 .

The statement read in part, “ The ICPC has recorded another successful prosecution in its relentless pursuit to rid Nigeria of visa racketeers .

The commission secured a conviction for one Adedeji Ayobami at a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja for attempting to procure a United States of America visa with forged documents .

“ Ayobami was charged before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court by the ICPC on 11 counts bordering on procuring fake documents to mislead a constituted authority . ”

The statement added that Ayobami and one Mr Akin , who is said at be at large, conspired to forge a Nigerian passport with the convict ’ s name and containing United Kingdom ’ s visa , and presented the same at the US consulate , knowing that the documents were false .

Ayobami was arrested on the embassy ’ s premises .

“ The commission , acting on a report that Ayobami had presented false and misleading documents , arrested him on the premises of the US Consulate in Victoria Island , Lagos .

In his statement to investigators, he admitted being in possession of and presenting the false documents to the consulate.

He further admitted to having been assisted by Akin , a visa agent , to procure the fake documents , ” the ICPC added .

After a plea bargain with the commission through a letter by his counsel , Taofik Jimoh , the convict entered into a guilty plea and Justice Dada sentenced him to a fine of N 300 , 000 and community service of clearing bricks on the court premises under the supervision of the court registrar.

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