A 35-year-old man, Olumide Womiloju, has been arraigned before Chief Magistrate P.E Nwaka at the Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos State, for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence.
Womiloju was accused of collecting money from clients with the agreement of processing their visas to travel overseas but failed to keep the agreement.
The charge read in part, “That you, Olumide Womlioju, and one other now at large, at the same address in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did obtained the sum of (N5,000000) from one Pastor, Adeniji Kayode, with the pretence that you will assist him and his family to procure a visa to Dublin knowing that it was false
“That you, Olumide Womiloju, and others now at large, at the same address in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did obtained the sum of (N800000) and one international passport No 800621785 under the pretext that you will assist her in procuring a visa to Guatemala country in order to enter United State of America but it was later discovered to be false.”
The offenses were said to be punishable under Sections 413, 315, and 316 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him.
Three witnesses were presented before the court.
Nwaka granted the defendant a bail in the sum of N1m with three sureties in like sum. The sureties must be gainfully employed and residents in Lagos State.
The matter was adjourned till December 5 for mention.