Edo – A couple, Abdulazeez Umar, 50 and Hajiya Fatima Umar, 48, were on Wednesday arraigned at an Auchi Chief Magistrates’ Court for an alleged visa scam.
The couple, facing a 13-count charge, allegedly collected N1 million from a woman, Princess Zainab Alamah, to get a Saudi Arabian visa for her.
Some of the charges against them are conspiracy, felony, obtaining money under pretence, stealing and fraud.
The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Andrew Edmond, told the court that the accused persons allegedly collected the money from one Princess Zainab Alamah between June and October 2011.
“My lord, this couple collected the money at different times to assist Alamah to procure document for her to attend the 2011 Muslim pilgrimage.
“The accused persons fraudulently and unlawfully converted the money to their personal use, without processing the visa as promised,’’ he said.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State 1976, as applicable in Edo.
The Magistrate, Mrs I.A. Osayande, granted the accused persons bail, each fror N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned to Oct. 16 for further hearing. (NAN)