A 30-year-old businesswoman, Patience Ojobo, has defrauded a Kuwait visa applicant of N880,000. It really is shocking and highly appalling the extents people are willing to go all for the sake of money. She was brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court today for allegedly duping a man who wanted to travel to Kuwait.
Ojobo, who is a resident of Ijesha area of Lagos state, is being arraigned for obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on October 23, 2017, at Abeokuta Motor Road, Agege, Lagos. He said that the accused obtained N880,000 from Mr. Ozioma Raymond to help him to obtain travel documents.
“The complainant approached the accused to help him procure travel documents for a trip to Kuwait. The accused demanded N600,000 for visa and N280,000 for ticket, totalling N880,000, which the complainant agreed to pay.”
He made it known that the moment the money was paid into the account of the accused, she disappeared into the thin air. The prosecutor further stated,
“Immediately the accused received the money, she went into hiding, but was arrested six months after.”
He said the offences went contrary to the sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining money under false pretences.
Ojobo, however, pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, made it known that the sureties should have something doing that’s tangible. In addition, the sureties should also be able to show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi adjourned the case until May 21 for mention.