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Lebanese Docked for Allegedly Falsifying Letter Confirming his Nigerian Citizenship



 on 42-year old Lebanese, Rami El Masri, who allegedly forged a letter confirming his Nigerian citizenship, was on Thursday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Masri, who owns two construction companies on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery.

The prosecutor, DSP Susan Ezema, told the court that Masri committed the offences on December 15th 2008 and November 19th 2014 at No. 6, Oniru Street, Apapa, Lagos, and at No. 13, Milverton Road., Ikoyi, Lagos respectively.

Ezema said the accused with others still at large conspired and forged a letter of confirmation of Nigeria citizenship with reference No. MIA/NAT 382/1.

She said: “The letter was forged on Dec. 15, 2008 and the accused fraudulently presented himself as a Nigerian citizen. On Nov. 19, 2014 at the Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, the accused presented the forged letter to one CSP Martin Nwogoh as a genuine document.”

According to the prosecutor, the accused presented the letter with the intention that it will be acted on as a genuine document in Nigeria. The offences contravened Sections 363 (3), 363 (4) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, denied the charge.

The Magistrate, Joy Ugbomiko, granted the accused N200, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Ugbomiko said the sureties must be company directors or have property in any part of Lagos State.

She said that the addresses of the sureties and their business addresses should be verified as part of the bail condition.

The case was adjourned to June 16th for mention.

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  1. whocares

    April 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    He falsified Nigeria citizenship documents? looool. Gwan! Brother. #tiwantiwa , ile ni ile jare(ours is ours? our home is your home). Look at him integrating into the Nigerian society already: we have to watch out for this one, he is well on his way to becoming a Nigerian public office holder.
    Jokes aside, I suppose the Nigerian citizenship would have been for tax evasion of some sort so good thing he was caught. II cannot think of any other reason why he would forge Nigerian citizenship.

  2. TeeTee

    April 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    The Nigerian passport is ranked higher than the Lebanese passport. ‘Nuff reason………..

  3. Prince

    April 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    No be small thing o. the dude try. I think they should just pity him

    • Abk

      April 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Pity? Are you for real? If a Nigerian did this in any country, will they be pitied? Wow, I’m totally shocked at your comment. They should pity him, so others will follow suit and do more illegal things like this guy has done. Long hiss!

    • swagg1

      April 22, 2016 at 4:04 am

      @Prince, shame on you for encouraging violation of the law. Ppl like you is the reason Nigeria is in the hell hole it is today. What a Douche!!!

  4. Anon

    April 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Very good. Dem don catch am!

  5. Nahum

    April 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    We need to stop denying Nigerian citizens of Lebanese descent their citizenship. So many families have been in Nigerian for hundreds of years and they know no other home. We need to embrace them as one of us.

    • Iris

      April 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      I guess…as long as they recognize they are NOT better than the average Nigerian and stop treating Nigerian employees like crap. I also hope that they treat Nigerians in Lebanon with fairness.
      This story cracks me up sha. See how we normally think our own grass can never be greener.

    • Lola

      April 22, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Nahum: Your comment is not quite accurate. I know a girl of Lebanese descent who was born in the UK, moved to Nigeria when she was 1 and has lived in Nigerian all her life, the only passport she possesses is a Nigerian passport. I also have Lebanese friends who’ve been in Nigeria for years and have met the requirements for acquiring citizenship and are citizens. If this post made you conclude that Nigeria denies Lebanese descendants Nigerian citizenship, then that’s a sick joke. What this guy did is illegal, a Nigerian will never be spared if they tried this in any country and you know it so don’t use this scenario to conclude. If you know anyone who’s been denied Nigerian citizenship, maybe they’re yet to meet the requirements/eligibility. You don’t expect Nigerian immigration to just throw passports to just anyone. There are rules, just like in other countries and must be executed. That being said, next time don’t give an inaccurate general analysis on a situation; it is very misleading.

  6. Ginger

    April 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Always arrested, sometimes jailed, but never imprisoned. The joke that is Nigerian justice

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