Visa scam: Rights group petitions Ambode, others over Miscarriage of Justice by Lagos Magistrate
A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has written a petition to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, State Chief Judge, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade and host of others over miscarriage of justice in a case of Commissioner of Police vs. Kazeem Lasisi with a charge No: IKD/B/43/2015 by Magistrate Olanrewaju Olatunji of Ikorudu Magistrate Court division.
The rights group also faulted the Magistrate Olatunji for dismissing the matter involving the case of fraud where Kazeem Lasisi obtained sum of Three hundred and twenty six thousands naira (N320,000) from his client (Olasunkanmi Morufu” to help him processed Visa to the Republic of Tunisa which later be the Fake Visa after Morufu has used the same to travel to Tunisa before deported on the ground of fake Visa, adding that the Kazeem Lasisi had earlier made confessional statement to Police on the matter.
It added that instead of Presiding Magistrate to give justice to the parties on the matter in question, which the parties presented themselves in the Court for almost Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the proceedings which was contrary to section 36(7) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, calling for the revisit of the case by the authority of the Lagos State Judiciary so as to give fair hearing and justice to the parties in the matter.
This was contained in a Petition Letter dated Friday February 5th, 2016 with the titled: “Report of miscarriage of justice by Magistrate Olanrewaju O.Olatunji of Magistrate Court 2, Ita-Elewa, Ikorodu, Lagos State Judicial Division in a case of Commissioner of Police vs Kazeem Lasisi with a charge No:-IKD/B/43/2015 and why Centre for Human rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) is demanding for revisit of the case and justice should be done to the parties in the case” and signed by the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, which a copy was made available to newsmen on Wednesday, described the Magistrate action as anathema, illegal, unlawful, abomination, aberration, ungodly, evil, undemocratic, unprofessional, anti-people, inhuman, disheartening, heartless, uncalled-for and unbecoming of a judicial official in the land.
Comrade Sulaiman urged the authority of the State Judiciary to warn Madam Olubunmi V. Fagbayi and Jide Martins, which both of them lay claim to be the Assistant Directors of the Lagos State Directorate of Public prosecutions(DPP) where they respectively issued misleading, confusing, illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional legal of Advice letter on behalf of the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, so to avoid the sarcasscol and cacophonic noise that could lead to the professionalism legal ego- entry that might not determine the final consummation of the matter.
According to the petition Letter: “It is in the best interest of the public for justice, equity and fair hearing to conduct an independent investigation to unravel the truth of any matter. After our private investigation into the whole matter which we see that the whole process lack moral and legal justifications to strike out the case without giving justice to the parties in the matter by MAGISTRATE OLANREWAJU O.OLATUNJI when the complainant, Mr. Olasunkanmi Morufu with phone No:-08055231040 were present at the Court for almost 98 percent during the trial period of the case before the Magistrate Court as it was also applicable to the suspect, Mr. Kazeem Lasisi with phone No:-07035819702 which is contrary to section 36 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Investigation revealed that Kazeem Lasisi of No 77b, Mobolaji Bank Anthony way, Ikeja, Lagos State defrauded Olasunkanmi Morufu to the tune of #326,000, when Kazeem Lasisi promised his client (Olasunkanmi Morufu) to help him process visa to republic of TUNISA and Kazeem gave fake visa to Morufu which he used to travel out of the country but deported back to Nigeria at the Tunisa Airport for entering the country with fake documents”.
The Petition further reads that ,“On coming back to Nigeria, Morufu reported the matter to the Ajegunle Police Station, Ikorodu which the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Mr. Olatunji Femi with Phone number:-08025536007 charged the matter to Magistrate Court presided over by MAGISTRATE OLANREWAJU O.OLATUNJI after the suspect confessed to the Police of delivering fake visas document to the complainant ,Mr. Olasunkanmi Morufu and the suspect earlier wrote “Letter of Undertaking” dated June 18th, 2015 at the Ajegunle Police Station, Ikorodu area of Lagos State in the presence of CPL Kareem Tajudeen as witness to the agreement which Kazeem Lasisi promised to refund the money back to Olasunkanmi Morufu on/before 30th of June, 2015”.