Immigration Officer Jailed For Seven Years Over N100,000 Passport Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured the conviction of Mr. Quadri Ismail Adeyinka, a staff member of the Nigeria Immigration Service, for passport fraud. 

Adeyinka was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison by Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja.

The ICPC had charged Adeyinka with four counts, including gratification, conferment of corrupt advantage, and cheating, all of which violate provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and the Penal Code Act. 

The conviction underscores the ongoing efforts by Nigerian authorities to combat corruption within its institutions.

During the trial, the prosecution, led by Dr. Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha, presented compelling evidence showing how Adeyinka defrauded Mr. Ovie Justice Ojeffia. 

Adeyinka had solicited N100,000 from Ojeffia under the guise of regularising his passport.

 However, after receiving the payment, Adeyinka failed to fulfil his promise, prompting Ojeffia to file a petition with the ICPC.

Following a thorough investigation, Adeyinka was arraigned in court where he faced the full weight of the law. 

Justice Onwuegbuzie, in his ruling, found Adeyinka guilty on all four counts.

 Adeyinka received seven years each for counts one and two, five years for count four, and two years for count three.

 The sentences are set to run concurrently, which means that  Adeyinka will serve a total of seven years in prison.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the conviction of Adeyinka is expected to bolster public confidence in the integrity of Nigeria’s legal and judicial processes.

The ICPC, established to address corruption and other related offenses, continues to play a critical role in Nigeria’s fight against corruption. 

By holding public officials accountable, the ICPC aims to foster transparency and integrity within government institutions, thereby contributing to national development and good governance.

As the country continues to tackle corruption, cases like Adeyinka’s demonstrate the importance of vigilance and the need for citizens to report corrupt practices. 

The ICPC encourages the public to remain proactive in reporting such incidents, reinforcing the collective effort required to eradicate corruption from Nigeria’s public and private sectors.


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