June 23, 2024

Immigration officer bags 7-year jail term over passport fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has secured the conviction of Quadri Ismail Adeyinka, a staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service for committing travel passport fraud.

ICPC arraigned the convict before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja, on a four-count charge bordering on gratification, conferment of corrupt advantage and cheating contrary to extant provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and the Penal Code Act.

Counsel to ICPC, Dr Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha, in the course of the trial, led evidence before the court on how Adeyinka defrauded Ovie Justice Ojeffia under the pretence of regularising the latter’s international passport.

Adeyinka, after receiving the sum of N100,000 from Ojeffia to regularise the said passport, reneged on their agreement.

The victim thereafter petitioned ICPC, which led to the investigation and arraignment of the convict before the court.

In his judgement, Justice Onwuegbuzie found Adeyinka guilty on all four counts and sentenced him to seven years each for counts 1 and 2, five years for count 4 and two years for count 3.

The sentences are to run concurrently

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