BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
A 39-year-old Arabic teacher, Yusuf Kalmaldeen, was, yesterday, arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a police officer of N690,000, under the pretext of procuring him hajj  visa.

The accused, a resident of 2, Dare Adelowe Close, Idiya, Agbado, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and theft.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Emby Ingobu, informed the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in July 2012 in Ikoyi area of Lagos.

He added: “The accused collected N690,000 from one Mr. Sarafadeen Abdulraheem, a police officer, under the pretext of procuring him hajj visa,” but failed to do so.

According to the prosecutor, “the accused presented himself as a travel agent, a representation he knew to be false. Investigation is still ongoing as more evidence will be brought to the court in the next adjourn date.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the offences and was granted bail by Magistrate I. Omotosho in the sum of N150,000, with two sureties each in like sum.

Omotosho adjourned the case till November 11 for trial.

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