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UBEC Staff In Trouble Over Visa Scam
Two staff of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Beatrice Molokwu and Jasper Erekosima, are facing prosecution at a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, over alleged visa scam.
The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, which is the prosecutor, arraigned the suspects before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, alleging that sometime in June, they presented fake UBEC documents to the Belgian Embassy for the purpose of procuring a visa.
ICPC lawyer, Michael Adesola, said the accused persons also got a false statement of account number of GT Bank, with the intent to deceive the embassy to get visa for one Udoka Cyril.
He noted that the offence contravened section 97 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 364 of the law with at least 14 years jail term.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Adesola then asked for leave to amend the charges and grant his application for “substituted charge” so that the accused persons could be re-arraigned on new charges.
Counsel to the accused persons, Oyikachi Ikpeazu, did not object to the application for amendment of charges.
The judge granted the request and adjourned the case to January 15, 2014, ordering Adesola to serve the accused persons with a copy of the amended charge before the next adjourned date, to enable them to prepare for their defence.