EFCC Arraigns Man for N1.3m Visa Scam
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 arraigned one Abdulaziz Abdullahi Eleyeye before Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.
Eleyeye, a graduate of Bayero University Kano was arrested on June 17, 2014 in Lagos following a complaint by one Khalid Ahmad Umar who alleged that the accused person defrauded him to the tune of N1.3m (one million, three hundred thousand naira).
The said amount was to be used for procuring America Visa for the victim.
According to Umar, having no doubt of Eleyeye who claimed to be a travel agent, he paid the said sum into the accused person’s account domiciled in three new generation banks.
Umar claimed that, when he presented himself for the visa interview at U.S.A Embassy he was turned down. Consequently, the accused advised him to re-apply, this time in Kuwait.
It was discovered to be a phony deal when the complainant was deported from Kuwait International Airport back to Nigeria on the grounds that, the travel documents he presented were forged.
Efforts of the victim to get service for his money or recover same were unsuccessful.
The charge reads:
“That you, Abdulaziz Abdullahi sometimes between June and December, 2013 within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Kano knowingly retained the sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (N763,000.00) in your Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. Account with account number 0020927933 being proceeds of your illegal act to wit: obtaining the said sum from one Khalid Ahmed under the false pretence that you will secure a visa for him to United States of America, Qatar, South Africa or Kuwait and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17 (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 17 (b) of the same Act.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it read to him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Salihu Sani asked the court for a date for trial.
Justice Omotosho adjourned the case to March 7, 2016 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial
The accused person is to be remanded in prison custody.