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IMMIGRATION TIPS, VISA SCAM

Man arraigned for #1.7M visa scam

Igbosere Magistrate Court

Igbosere Magistrate Court

An unregistered travel agent, Benjamin Danbawa, has been arraigned at the Igbosere Magistrates Court, Lagos, for allegedly duping an Aba -based trader of N1, 703,000.

The Nation gathered that the trader, Ifeanyi Chikwelu, 28, came to Lagos from Aba, in March last year to seek a visa to Canada.

He reportedly met Danbawa, 41, in front the German Consulate at Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Danbawa, according to the police, introduced himself to the trader as a travel agent and proposed to assist him in securing a visa to Canada.

He allegedly told Chikwelu that application for a Canadian or United States visa would not be in his favour since both embassies preferred to give visas to elderly people.

He advised the trader to seek a German or South African visa.

The suspect, who hails from Kachia local government area of Kaduna State, allegedly billed Chikwelu various sums totaling N1, 703,000.

They are Visa Application Fee of N150,000, Acceptance Fee ‘as a fresher in Canada’ N98,000 and Temporary Residence Fee of N400,000.

Others are N400,000 to put Chikwelu’s bank account in order, N35,000 for hotel reservation, another N35,000 for a cancelled hotel reservation and N70,000 as agent services.

The travel agent also charged N35,000 for photos, N150,000 for work permit in Canada and $300 for sending of documents to Canada.

Danbawa was subsequently arrested last month by police in Victoria Island following a complaint that he disappeared after collecting the money.

A police source said investigations showed that Danbawa neither registered nor worked with the Canadian High Commission.

He was arraigned before Mrs. O. M. Ajayi on two-count charge of obtaining by false pretense and stealing on Friday.

Source: The Nation Online

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A professional blogger, an online Journalist and a passionate Immigration and visa Affairs individual.

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