A 30-year-old travel agent, Michael Samuel, has appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court; for allegedly obtaining N730,000 to secure a Canadian visa for his client but failed to do so.
The police charged Samuel, whose residence is in Lekki, Lagos; with conspiracy, obtaining by false pretenses, theft and fraud.
The prosecution counsel, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that Samuel committed the offence in November 2018 at Ikeja.
Odugbo alleged that the defendant obtained N730,000 from the complainant, Mr Michael Monday; with a promise to securing a Canadian visa within one month.
He alleged that the defendant stopped picking the complainant’s calls; and all efforts made to recover the money failed.
The offence, he said, contravened the protrusions of sections 280, 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Chief Magistrate S. K Matepo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Matepo adjourned the case until April 1 for mention.
Meanwhile, 1st News reported that the European Union says it is deliberating the imposition of restrictive visa implementation rules on Nigeria; if it fails to play its part in the return and readmission of its nationals staying illegally in the EU.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, February 19; the union further revealed that it would make visa issuance very difficult for Nigerians; rather than a blanket travel ban if the country fails to meet its standards.
The EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Virginie Battu-Henriksson, made this disclosure.
1st News reported that the United States imposed an immigrant visa ban on Nigeria and five other countries in January 2020.
According to the Department of Homeland Security; Nigeria presents a high risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the US.
When asked if the EU had challenges Nigeria was trying to resolve with the US; Battu-Henriksson said Nigerians still placed among the top 10 nationalities detected as staying irregularly in the EU.
The EU spokesperson said, “Nigerians still place among the top 10 nationalities detected as staying irregularly on the EU territory; although the number of Nigerians entering irregularly declined drastically last year.”