Iheze Uche Kelvin and Onuora Felix was on Thursday arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission over alleged visa scam and forgery.
The anti-corruption commission brought the duo before Justice Babangida Hassan of the Federal Capital Territory e High Court 35, Jabi, Abuja, on a 16-count charge bordering on forgery.
The counsel to ICPC, Golden Iwuagwu, while speaking on the incident stated that Kelvin connived with Felix to forge statements of accounts of five banks which names were given as: Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, First City Monument Bank and First Bank of Nigeria for his clients, who are now on the run, to present the Indian High Commission, Abuja, with the intent to obtain a visa, an offence that is contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act.that’s
Iwuagwu also told the court that Kelvin allegedly forged five letters of recommendation for tourism visa purportedly signed by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, with the intent to mislead the Indian High Commission in order to procure visas for his clients, thereby contravening Section 363 of the Penal Code Act.
A further report into the incident has it that the accused also forged National Assembly staff identity cards, thereby committing an offence which is contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act.
Kelvin and Felix, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when it was read to them.
Their lawyer, N. M. Nwosu and Ifeanyi Ajegbu, call on the court to grant them bail in liberal terms pending the final determination of the case.
Justice Hassan, while ruling on the bail applications, granted each of the accused people bail in the sum of N2 million and a surety in like sum.
He also said the sureties must not be below Grade Level 12 in the employment of the Federal Government and must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case was adjourned to May 27, for hearing.