June 23, 2017

Beninoise bizwoman docked for faking Nigerian passport

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—A 57-year-old Beninoise businesswoman Abdou Rachidatou, was yesterday, arraigned before an Igbosere magistrate’s court in Lagos, over impersonation and disobedience of court order.

Rachidatou is facing a three-count charge bordering on breach of peace, contempt of court and impersonation.

Prosecutor, Inspector Steven Molo, had told the court that the defendant committed the offences between July 2015 and June 2017 at Abule-Egba area of Lagos.

He said that the defendant falsely presented herself to be a Nigerian citizen by birth from Lagos State.

According to Molo, “the defendant, through ECOWAS electronic passport No. 06820812, presented herself to be Abudu Rachidatou, a Nigerian by birth, instead of Abduo Rachidatou, a Benin national.

“However a Republic of Benin Passport No. B0483183 which was issued to the defendant on September 2, 2015, at Porto Novo, indicated that she is from Benin Republic.”

Magistrate O. O. Oshin granted her N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of no less than grade level 14 and the other must show evidence of six months tax payment to Lagos State Government.

She then adjourned the case until July 26 for mention.