The Police have arraigned a 30-year-old man, Waheed Akinlosotu, for visa racketeering at an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos State on Friday for allegedly obtaining N3 million under false pretences.
Akinlosotu was docked on a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence, stealing by conversion and threat to life. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecuting Inspector, Donjour Perezi told the court that the accused committed the offences in Ikeja between May and August 2023.
He said Akinlosotu obtained the money from one Mr Shittu John on the false pretence that he would procure a visa and ticket for the latter’s trip to the Bahamas knowing full well that he would not.
Perezi told the court that rather than discharging the obligation, Akinlosotu stole and converted the money to his personal use.
“After obtaining the money, the accused began to give different excuses about the visa processing and when he eventually could not refund the money as demanded, he began to threaten Mr John’s life.
“He threatened the complainant’s life through a cleric with whom he shared John’s telephone number.
“The cleric subsequently called Mr John on the phone and started chanting incantations and threatened that the complainant should let Akinlosotu be or be prepared to face dire consequences,’’ the prosecutor said.
He stressed that the offence contravened the criminal laws of Lagos State (2015).
The presiding magistrate, Mrs M.O Tanimola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till Dec.1 for mention. (NAN)