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Immigration officer jailed 7 years for Passport fraud

A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo, Abuja has sentenced an immigration officer, Quadri Adeyinka, to seven years imprisonment for passport fraud.

Adeyinka was arraigned on four counts of gratification, conferment of corrupt advantage, and cheating, which contravened the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and the Penal Code Act.

The court heard that Adeyinka received N100,000 from one Ovie Ojeffia to regularize his passport, but failed to deliver on the promise.

Ojeffia subsequently petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), which led to the investigation and arraignment of Adeyinka.

In a statement, the ICPC’s Acting Director of Public Enlightenment and Education, Demola Bakare, said that the court found Adeyinka guilty of all the allegations against him.

The ICPC had arraigned Adeyinka before the Federal Capital Territory High Court on four counts.

According to the ICPC, Adeyinka’s counsel, Dr. Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha, presented evidence during the trial that showed how Adeyinka defrauded Ojeffia by pretending to regularize his international passport.

Justice Jude 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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