The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) has arraigned one Ogoamaka Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, an American Passport Applicant; before Chief Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi of Chief Magistrate Court I sitting at Igbosere, Lagos on three-count charge bordering on Conspiracy, Forgery, Impersonation, and False Declaration.
The arrest of the suspect follows a petition to the Unit from the Consulate General of the United States of America dated 22nd July, 2021 which alleged that an individual purporting to be Robert Chukwuemeka Ogoamaka with Nigerian Passport No. A11796306 and DOB 29/03/2004 submitted an application for U.S. Passport at its Lagos Office. All documents in support of the application were found to be forged.
The investigation by operatives of the Diplomatic Section of the Unit in collaboration with the office of the Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS) at the United States Consulate General discovered that the suspect provided a Statement of Consent that bears several anomalies such as;
Fraudulent U.S Military Identification Card in support of DS – 3053.
Notary Stamp which was confirmed to be fake by Texas Secretary of State’s Notary database.
Colorado Birth Certificate which was confirmed to be fake by U.S. Colorado office of the State Registrar or Vital Statistics.
Fake “Affidavit for Loss of International Passport”, Police Report and Park Place Elementary School Certificate.
The suspect confessed to the offences and further stated that the forged documents were “provided” to him by two Visa Agents whose services was paid for by his father, one Ogoamaka Chukwuemeka. The father and Agents are currently on the run while effort is on to apprehend and charge them to court.
The suspect was arraigned in court and was granted a One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) Bail with two (2) sureties in the like sum.
Chief Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi remanded him at Juvenile Corrective Home, Oregun, Lagos; pending the perfection of his Bail conditions and adjourned the case to 26th August, 2021.
DSP EYITAYO JOHNSON
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
SPECIAL FRAUD UNIT,
IKOYI – LAGOS.