27 December 2013

Nigeria: FCDA Officer Held in Lagos Over Abuja Land Scam

Lagos — A female technical officer with the Federal Capital Development Authority, Hajara Egbra, and one other person are presently being detained at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos over an alleged involvement in land fraud.

The suspects were alleged to have obtained N25 million under false pretence for a piece of land measuring at Asokoro area of Abuja. Daily Trust reliably learnt that the suspects were arrested based on a complaint from the victim.

SFU public Relations Officer (PRO), Ngozi Isintume-Agu, in a statement alleged that in 2009, an Abuja based business woman purchased a plot of land measuring 2,500 sq. meters within Asokoro Extension, Abuja from the technical staff of FTC on an agreed fee of N25million. She said the complainant, having reached an agreement with one of the suspects, paid the said sum in three instalments of N10, N8m, and N5m respectively.

"The suspect issued a receipt with Invoice No. 0073 dated 29/09/2009 and Invoice No. 0201 dated 06/10/2009. The petitioner further alleged that the third payment of N5 million was made through a First Bank cheque No. 01795293 dated December 19, 2012" the PRO added.

She said the complainant also alleged that she discovered that she had been duped while she was trying to process the building plan and other related documents relating to the land. Police investigations, according to Isintume-Agu, revealed that the suspect actually sold to her a land that already had an owner.

However, while the complainant tried without success to reclaim her money, the suspect gave her another plot, but that while she was fencing the said land with N450,000.00, she was told by the suspect that the plot was equally not vacant. The suspect, Hajara Egbra who hails from Okene in Kogi State was arrested along with one Mohammed Sadiq. Hajara Egbra, a 45-year old Technical Officer with Federal Capital Development Authority is also a business woman with a shop at Garki modern market, Abuja. The suspect will soon be charged to court, the SFU said.

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