Fake Embassy Agent Docked Over N2m Fraud


Victor Bolaji Suka, who has been parading himself as an agent of the Australian Embassy in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence.

The police at Adeniji Adele Division, who arraigned him in court alleged in their charge sheet that the accused was arrested following a complaint by Abass Zakariyau that the accused in July 2011 at Tokunbo-Freeman Street, Lagos Island, unlawfully obtained N2,059,600 from him to procure an Australian visa, after he identified himself as an agent of the Australian Embassy.

But he failed to procure the visa and also refused to refund the money and he was charged to court for stealing. The offences are punishable under Section 419b and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read out to him and the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O. J. Awope, admitted him to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum who must show evidence of three years of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

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She adjourned the matter till 22 February, 2012 for mention.

The accused was moved to Ikoyi Prison when he could not perfect his bail conditions on time.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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