LAGOSâ€”An end appears to have come for five young men who allegedly dupe United Kingdom (UK) visa applicants as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesterday in Lagos arraigned them before Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of an Ikeja High Court.
The five accused persons Oji Chinedu Nelsiline, Adesina Yaya, Ola Parry, Sunday Okewu and Stanley Njoku pleaded not guilty to the 19-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and forgery levelled against them.
One of the charges reads that Orji Nelsile aka Johnson William Vickz and Adesina Yaya on or about August 20 ,2009 within the Lagos judicial division with intent to defraud, and obtain money by false pretence from Majero Solape Felicia forged a United Kingdom visa No. UK645949K datedÂ August 20, 2009 purportedly issued by the UK High Commission.
After their pleas were taken, the trial judge adjourned the case to January 28, to take arguments for their bail application while he fixed February 25 and 26 for trial. He thereafter ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.
They began their journey into the EFCC net last August when one of their victims, Majero Solape Felicia, who is a travel agent, lost N2.38 million to them.
She allegedly fell into the syndicateâ€™s trap when she went to the UK High Commission in Lagos to book interview appointment for some of her clients.
When she got there, she met the second accused person, Yaya, who was the â€˜catcher for the groupâ€™, who told the unsuspecting woman that he could help her get visa appointment effortlessly.
The travel agent was said to have been led by Yaya to the first accused, Nelsine who told the victim that he was an Embassy official that he would not only help her to procure UK visa but that he would also help her to procure Schengen visas if she could pay certain fees.