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Man, 31, docked over N30m land fraud


Lagos  – A 31-year-old Chizoba Maduba was on Wednesday charged before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly selling his brother’s land valued at N30 million.
Maduba was charged alongside Ikechukwu Onuoha, 35, Emma Adebayo, 58, Mauruf Olanrewaju, 52, Alex Okorie, 52 and Nnamdi Onwukazo, 45, for alleged involvement in land fraud.
The accused are standing trial on a four-count-charge of felony, theft, forgery and unlawful possession.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Femi Adeleye, told the court that Maduka, who is the brother to Dr Iyk Maduba, the complainant, conspired with five others to sell the land entrusted in his care.
“The complainant, Iyk , who was outside the country, entrusted the land to his brother for keep until he was set to build; but the brother forged the documents and sold it out.
“Two of the accused; Okorie and Onwukazo, now at large, in company of others, in October at Oke Afa, Ejigbo, .Lagos State, conspired with the intention to commit felony and forgery,” he said.
He said the accused forged the documents of the property, purported to have been signed by his brother, Iyk, to facilitate the sale of the land.
“His plan was to share the proceeds of the land if the business was successful but his brother showed up and discovered the conspiracy,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 409, 285 (9),(a), 363 (2)(e) and 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
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The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Fashola, granted each of the accused N500, 000 bail with two sureties each.
Fashola said that the sureties’ addresses must be verified and certified by the court’s prosecutor, and adjourned the case till Nov. 30 for mention. (NAN)

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