A 34-year-old man, Alade Julius has been arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate Court for allegedly forging documents with the intent to use it to obtain visa. The defendant was said to have been arrested by the police after officials of the U.S Consulate General office in the Victoria Island, Lagos sent a signal to the Police Special Fraud Unit in Ikoyi about the development.
The suspect was said to have gone to the American Embassy in Lagos, where he presented a forged Fidelity Bank statement of account, introduction letter dated 5 October, 2017, PAFTRUST Oil and Gas Limited employment letter dated 20 April, 2015, leave memorandum dated 5 October, 2017 and a United Kingdom visit visa with counterfeit entry and exit stamp to the officials to obtain US non-immigrant Visa.
He was trying to obtain the visa for one Ifeoma Alabaraonye.
Police prosecutor, Wewe Adegbayii, told the court that luck ran against Julius when his documents were scanned. He informed the court that the accused committed the offence on 10 October, 2017 at the U.S. embassy at 2, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island area of the state.
Adegbayi said that the offences the accused commiitted were punishable under sections 409 and 363(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2011.
The accused, pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime.
Chief Magistrate A.A Adefulire granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned till 7 March, 2018 for mention.