Two travel agents, Clement Ekhueorohan, 30, and Courage Chinonso, 38, were on Thursday sentenced to four years imprisonment each for visa fraud by a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
The duo, both residents of Kabala Coastain, Kaduna, were charged with conspiracy, fraud and theft.
Delivering judgment, Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel held that both Ekhurorohan and Chinonso were guilty of defrauding Philip Adetutu and five other victims of N11. 6 million.
The magistrate did not give the convicts an option of fine.
He also ordered the convicts to restitute N2.1million each as compensation to the victims.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Leo Chidi, told the court that the convicts between March and October 2022, in Ungwan Rimi area of Kaduna, obtained N2.1million each from Adetutu and 5 other victims to procure a French, Australian and Malta visa/ tickets for them.
He said that after fraudulently collecting the money from the victims, the duo failed to fulfil their own part of the bargain and all efforts made to collect the money from them failed.
The offence, according to him, contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.
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