30-year-old Pastor arraigned for visa fraud

Pastor Nwusulor Emmanuel of House of Liberation Assembly located at Canal Estate, Isolo, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, is now cooling his heels at Kirikiri prison after he was arraigned before Isolo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos for his alleged involvement in visa fraud.

The 30-year-old pastor was alleged to have defrauded Joseph Ojini of the sum of N322,000 under the false pretence of procuring visa en route to Dubai to pursue his football career broad.

The Ebonyi State-born pastor allegedly promised Ojini to secure a visa to enable him pursue his football career abroad through his missionary contact abroad.

He asked the victim to pay the money in question which will cover the visa and introduction of an agent in Dubai who will eventually facilitate his getting a club.

Ojini gladly paid the money and was grateful to Pastor Emmanuel, unknown to him that he had paid for trouble.

Instead of Ojini achieving his dream, he ended up in jail in Dubai because of the fake visa he used to travel.

It was gathered that when he travelled to Dubai, the immigration authority discovered that his visa was fake and was photocopy of another person’s visa. He was arrested and detained for entering the country
illegally. Consequently he was deported back to Nigeria.

When Ojini went to Emmanuel and narrated his experience and demanded all his money, the pastor started dodging him and did not refund the money. Ojini then reported the matter at Isolo Police Station, Pastor Emmanuel was eventually arrested and charged to court.

He was charged for obtaining under false pretence and stealing under sections 312 and 279 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011. He pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. A.K. Kumbeje granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. He was however remanded in prison custody in Kirikiri pending when he will meet the bail condition. The matter was adlourned till 30 October, 2012 for mention.