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EFCC arraigns man over €40,000 Malta citizenship scam

The accused also forged international passports of other persons.

• November 18, 2020
EFCC-Head-Office, Abuja 2
EFCC-Head-Office, Abuja

The EFCC has re-arraigned Abiodun Sodiq, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, for allegedly defrauding a businessman of 40,000 euros over Malta citizenship.

Mr. Sodiq was re-arraigned on a seven-count charge involving forgery and conspiracy to which he pleaded not guilty.

EFCC prosecutor Nkereuwem Anana, told the court that the defendant known with the alias, Bunmi Sodiq, committed the offences between May 14 and July 23, 2019.

“He defrauded a businessman, Babatunde Emmanuel of €40,000 under the guise that the funds would be used for the Malta Government Citizenship Investment Programme as well as procurement of Malta international passport, Mr. Anana said. “Within that time, he also forged various international passports in the names of Oyinlola Vincent, Ashinedun Vincent, Emanuel Babalola, Olayinka Babatunde and Adekunle Babatunde.”

“He fraudulently claimed that the forged international passports emanated from the Passport Office, Malta,” he added.

The offences contravene Sections 1(1)(a)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, and Section 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.

The defence counsel, Elizabeth Ezerhume, in her submission, said the defendant’s application for the release of his international passport was pending before the court.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo noted that the defendant would enjoy the bail previously granted him during his first arraignment.

She adjourned the case until December 7.

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