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Man defrauds victim €40,000 for fake Maltese citizenship

The Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has convicted Abiodun Adeola Sadiq for allegedly defrauding a businessman of EUR40,000 for procurement of Malta citizenship.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Sadiq, to 5 years imprisonment for defrauding Babatunde Emmanuel of the said sum which was alleged to be used for the Malta Government Citizenship Investment Programme as well as procurement of Malta international passport.

Sadiq had presented himself to the victim as an agent of the Maltese government.

According to the investigation conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sadiq, upon receipt of the money furnished his victim with fake Maltese international passport, which led to the victim’s deportation on arrival to Europe, with his 10-year visa revoked.

Sadiq however pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

In the course of the trial, the prosecuting counsel, Samuel Daji, called four witnesses including Sadiq’s victim, who testified as the second prosecution witness narrated how he was defrauded and how, he used the passport, and was humiliated in Europe and treated like a terrorist as the passport was forged.

Defence counsel, P.A. Awe, however, pleaded extensively for the Court to temper justice with mercy and to grant a non-custodial sentence.

He was also ordered to pay restitution to his victim.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; editing by Muzha Kucha