Two Nigerian Visa Agents Jailed For Defrauding US Consulate Of N50m

Two Nigerian visa agents have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment
without an option of fine for defrauding the United States Consulate in
Lagos of N50m.

The convicts, Adefila Adekunle, 44, and Busari
Kabiru, 25, tendered fake visa payment receipts for B1 and B2 categories
for 350 applicants.

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Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku of the Igbosere Chief Magistrates Court handed down the judgment on the two men.

The
convicts were found guilty of the three-count charge brought against
them by the police at the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos during the
trial.

A third defendant, Friday Attah, was discharged and acquitted by the court for want of evidence.

Police
counsel, ASP Wewe Adegbayi, had told the court in charge No D/07/2015
that in February 2015, officials at the US Consulate in Lagos
represented by the Regional Security Officer, Christopher Cicoria,
petitioned the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Special
Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, over the incident.

Adegbayi said that following the petition, the police swung into action and arrested the suspects.

Adekunle
while confessing to the crime, said, “I conspired with Busari Kabiru
and Friday Attah to defraud the US Consulate by using one original visa
payment receipt for 350 fresh applicants and converted the money to
personal use.

“After we paid the normal fee for customers seeking
for B1 and B2 visas, we used the visa payment receipts issued by the
embassy for other 350 fresh applicants by using a computer to erase the
name on the original receipt and replaced it with other names and
submitted to consulate officials.”

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