Friday, 22 April 2016

The Nigeria Police arraign a Lebanese for forging citizenship documents

Rami El Masri, a Lebanese was indicted by the Nigerian police force in Lagos for allegedly forging a letter of confirmation of his Nigeria citizenship with reference number MIA/NAT 382 on Thursday, April 21.

According to Leadership, Masri, who was said to own two construction companies on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, allegedly committed the offence between December 15, 2008 and November 19, 2014.

DSP Susan Ezema, the police prosecutor, said: “Masri on 15 of December 2008, at 6, Oniru Street, in Apapa area of Lagos state forged a letter of confirmation of Nigerian citizenship with Ref: No MIA/NAT382/1 thereby falsely and fraudulently presenting himself as a Nigerian citizen by birth.”

Ezema also claimed that the defendant presented himself as a Nigerian citizen knowing that the information was false but wanted it to be acted upon as genuine in Nigeria. 

The prosecutor alleged that the foreigner on November 19 , 2014, at the police special fraud unit, at 13, Milveton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, presented the alleged forged letter to one Martin Nwogoh, a chief superintendent of police as a genuine document.

She insisted that the offence is punishable under sections 363 (3), 363 (4) and 409 of the criminal law of Lagos state, 2011. 

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

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