Land speculator docked for duping friend

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ABUJA – A Grade 1 Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja, on Monday granted one Ameh Sylvanus of Gwagwalada, Abuja, bail in the sum of  N1 million for allegedly selling fake land to his friend.

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The court, presided over by Malam Hassan Ishaq, also directed the accused to produce a reliable surety in like sum.

It said the surety must be a civil servant on grade level 10 and above and his address must be verified by the court.

The court also said that the surety must submit his driver’s licence or national identity card to the court registrar.

The police prosecutor, Silas Nanpan, had earlier told the court that one Abel Sunday of Nyanyan, Abuja, reported the matter at Nyanyan Police Station on Aug. 15.

Nanpan said Sunday had complained that sometimes in September 2013, the accused deceived him and sold an uncompleted three bedroom bungalow to him. [eap_ad_4] “The accused sold the property situated at Gwagwalape, Nyanyan, at the cost of N1.1 million; N910,000 was paid to him by the complainant on the same date he was shown the land.

“But he handed over to the accused fake land documents.

“ Some months later, the complainant went to the said property to start work  but was confronted by someone, who laid claim to the property by tendering real documents which were later verified to be original by the necessary authorities,’’ he said.

Nanpan said the house had since been completed and is being occupied by the real owner.

Nanpan also told the court that the accused confessed to committing the crime during police investigations.

The accused is being charged for criminal breach of trust and cheating contrary to sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

After listening to the charges, the accused pleaded not guilty and the matter was adjourned until Nov. 11, for hearing. (NAN)

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