A resident of Abuja, Robert Okorie has been arraigned before Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja charged with forgery and collecting money under false pretence.
Okorie was arrested by the EFCC and charged sequel to a petition from one Joy Chukwu Iregbu, alleging that she paid him N350,000 to enable him obtain a Mexican visa for her brother, Iroegbu Friday Kingsley.
When Okorie could not obtain the visa, he promised to obtain a Malaysian visa for the victim.
Okorie later presented a Malaysian visa to the victim with which he travelled.
On getting to Malaysia, he was arrested and deported for possessing a fake visa.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Ijeabalum Diribe, urged the court to remand the defendant in custody and fix a date for trial.
Responding, the defence counsel, Yunus Abdusalam, presented a bail application before the court, urging the court to admit the defendant to bail.
Justice Goodluck adjourned the case to April 27, 2016 for hearing on the bail application and commencement of trial.