Three charged with Taiwanese visa scam

By Robert Egbe

Three men, who allegedly presented counterfeit documents to the Taiwanese Embassy in Lagos for visa processing, were taken on Tuesday to the Igbosere Magistrates' Court in Lagos.

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Joseph Otisi, 29, was prosecuted before Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku on a charge marked B / 19/2020, while Chukwu Ezedinachi and Nosiru Oladimeji were jointly charged before Magistrate T.B Are.

Police attorney Wewe Adegbayi, an assistant superintendent (ASP), sued both cases.

He alleged that the defendants committed the crimes last March at the Taiwanese Embassy on Thompson Avenue No. 23A, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Adegbayi said that Otisi forged an account statement 0 / 0099199946-46 from the General Bank of the Society and submitted it for visa processing.

The court heard that Ezedinachi and Oladimeji presented a forged international passport from Nigeria with the mark A10777 459 with a fake and forged Schegen visa with entry and exit stamps on the data pages.

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Upon discovering the counterfeits, Taiwanese authorities informed the Special Police Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, who arrested the accused.

According to the prosecutor, the accused knew very well that the documents were false.

Adegbayi said the violations violated sections 409, 364 (i) and 363 (7) of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.

Each defendant pleaded not guilty and secured bail.

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Chief Magistrate Botoku suspended Otisi's case until May 16 for mention, while Ezedinachi and Oladimeji will appear again before Magistrate San on May 17.

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