ICPC Arraigns Two Suspects Over Fake Travel Documents

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it has arraigned two men who attempted to travel to India with fake documents. 

Mohammed Abdulrasaq and Haruna Isyaku were arraigned before Justice Sanchi of an FCT High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a three-count charge bordering on forgery and conspiracy.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson, on Friday.

Ngozi Onwuka, ICPC Counsel, told the court that the 1st accused person, Abdulrasaq, allegedly submitted a fake Unity Bank reference letter to the High Commission of India, Abuja, with the intent to mislead the Indian Consular into issuing him a student visa.

The ICPC lawyer stated that the act was contrary to and punishable under Section 17 (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The court also heard that the second accused person, Isyaku, allegedly submitted a visa application containing a false date of birth to the Indian Consular in Abuja in order to facilitate the procurement of an Indian travel visa thereby contravening Section 17 (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them. They were granted bail on self-recognition by the judge.

The case was then adjourned to June 26, 2019, for hearing.

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