Lebanese man arrested and arraigned for faking Nigerian citizenship


Rami El Masri, 42, was arrested by the Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, for alleged forgery and attempting to deceive a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) that he was a Nigerian citizen.

El Masri, who it was learnt, owns two construction companies on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is accused of forging a confirmation letter representing himself as a Nigerian citizen by birth. He was arraigned before Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, on a 3-count charge of conspiracy, forgery and uttering.

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

She alleged that Masri and others still at large conspired and forged a Letter of Confirmation of Nigerian citizenship with Reference No. MIA/NAT 382/1 dated December 15, 2008. He however denied the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in the like sum…. We can’t blame him, almost everyone in d world wld kill to become a Nigerian citizen…. 

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