Visa Scam: ICPC Arraigns Culprit

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Mr. Victor Charles Ndubueze on a three-count charge before Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory- Abuja.

He was arraigned for impersonation, falsification of documents and forgery, offences which contravene Sections 132 and 363 and punishable under section 364 of Penal Code Act Cap.532 laws of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mr. Charles had on 23rd May 2014 posed as a public officer in the Consular and Immigration Service Department (CISD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, and purportedly wrote a letter on behalf of Director II CISD seeking intervention to secure entry visas to Taiwan for some individuals.

The accused while taking his plea pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him by the anti-graft Commission.

Against this backdrop, the defense lawyer, Mrs. Uchendu Nneka urged the court to grant her client bail as he has been in custody for quite a long time.

Prior to bail request by the accused lawyer, Justice Umar directed the defense counsel to tender a written or verbal bail application for consideration in the next hearing.

However, the prosecuting counsel pleaded for two consecutive hearings to provide witnesses requested on the matter by the court.

The case was adjourned to 26th June 2014 for further hearing. While the accused is to be remanded in ICPC’s custody or in Kuje Prison.