Acting Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis in a no-nonsense mood on Monday ordered the removal from the state of Grenada of one Nigeria national who found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Adeoluwa Francis Fakoya was issued with a removal order during the sitting of the St. George’s Magistrate Court on Monday where he appeared under police escort on charges relating to fraud and driving without being the holder of a valid driver’s license.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Fakoya 37, was arrested after he presented law enforcement with a fake license following a vehicular accident in which he was involved.
Sources told this newspaper that Fakoya has been living in Grenada since the age of ten, having arrived with his family but chose to remain after his family returned to Nigeria. Sources said Fakoya pursued his education in Grenada, graduated from one of the leading tertiary institutions, and is well versed in the field of information technology.
Informer learned that after the vehicular accident, Fakoya told the police that he had not walked with his driving particulars, and was therefore given the usual 48 hours to present it at the Central Police Station. It was when he brought what he claimed to be his driver’s license we were told, police discovered that the document presented was not a genuine license. We were told that it was the view of the officers that whoever was responsible for manufacturing the license presented, did so using an App to replicate the fake license.
At the court, on Monday it was noted that apart from Fakoya’s illegal stay on the island without the knowledge of the Immigration Department, he was becoming a burden to the state by his behaviour and therefore the Acting Chief Magistrate ordered his removal.
Speaking to the Grenada Informer following the court decision on Monday, one Minister of the Court said, the order by the magistrate is not a deportation order and therefore Fakoya can return to Grenada if he chooses to at a later stage, using the correct channels.
Also, he said, his removal does not mean that he has to return to Nigeria, he can choose to fly to any country of his choice, once he gets out of Grenada.