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Man in court for fraudulent land sale

18 February 2014, 07:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a man before the Lagos High Court on a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

According to a press statement by the Media and Publicity Unit of the commission, the defendant, Adekunle Ominikun Sobowale, allegedly defrauded one Daniel Obiajuju Nwakanma Ekwevi of the sum of N10.6 million when he fraudulently sold him three acres of land located at Alahun village, off Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos.

Ekwevi told the commission that after he had paid for the property, he discovered that a new sign post had been mounted on it indicating that the property belonged to the Lagos State Government which had allocated it to traders of “Computer Village.”

Ekwevi said that all efforts to get his money refunded by Sobowale proved abortive.

Count one of the charge reads, “Chief Adekunle Ominikun Sobowale on or about 20th March, 2012 at Ibeju Lekki, within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N9, 000,000.00 (Nine Million Naira) only as part payment from Mr. Daniel Obiajuju Nwakanma Ekwevi by falsely representing yourself as a person capable of selling to him three acres of land at Alahun Village, Off Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos State.”

 Justice Kudirat Abike Jose Jose adjourned the matter to May for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

– CAJ News

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