Bogus Saudi official docked for swindling worshippers

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has  arraigned Abdulsalam Goni Sanda, the man who allegedly posed as an  official of the Saudi Arabian Embassy to defraud 50 Muslim faithful of over N11 million in a phony visa scheme.

Sanda appeared before Justice Olubunmi Banjoko of the Federal Capital  Territory High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, on a four-count charge  bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

The suspect allegedly presented himself as an adhoc staff with the Saudi Arabian Embassy and also a travel agent with the capacity to secure visa  for the complainant, Bello Isah, and 49 others who wanted to perform the 2014 hajj.

It is alleged the suspect gave the petitioners photocopies of the visas  and asked for full payment after which he promised that they will get the original copy from one Musa Ibrahim.

The said Ibrahim allegedly collected the photocopies from the complainant and vanished without trace, hence the victims did not secure the visas or recover the money.

The case has been adjourned to September 27 for trial.

CAJ News

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