Lagos Bizwoman Docked


Policemen at the Special Fraud Unit, Milverton Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, have arraigned a woman, Victoria Ekpa a.k.a. Asewo Ugochukwu before the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a three-count charge of felony, to wit, forgery and altering documents to obtain Italian visa.

The police disclosed in the charge sheet that the accused was arrested following a complaint lodged by the Italian embassy that the accused on 18 January, 2012 forged a letter of introduction belonging to North Ocean Logistic and Solutions in order for it to be acted upon by the Italian embassy to obtain visa.

During interrogation, she allegedly confessed to the crime and begged for forgiveness.

She was charged to court for forgery and altering documents with a fake identity bearing Asewo Ugochukwu to obtain Italian visa.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Inspector Osubure are punishable under sections 409, 363 and 378 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.I. Oguntade, admitted her on bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties who must show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.

The magistrate ordered the accused to be remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons when she could not fulfil the conditions attached to her bail and adjourned the matter till 22 February, 2012.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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