Lagos - Some suspects undergoing trial for their involvement in a land scam have failed in their bid to have the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory quash the charges against them.
Justice Abba Mohammed rejected the application brought by one Ibrahim Mohammed Bashir and Steve Imokhe seeking to quash a 13-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery, impersonation, criminal conversion and obtaining under false pretence preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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Bashir and Imokhe, who are second and third accused persons in the suit respectively, are standing trial alongside Ibrahim Mohammed Kamba and Hassan Argungu, first accused and fourth accused respectively for their alleged criminal complicity in the sale of a parcel of land in 2010.
That you Ibrahim Mohammed Kamba, Ibrahim Mohammed Bashir, Steve Imokhe and Hassan Argungu on or about the 25th July, 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, agreed amongst yourselves to do an illegal act to wit: obtain titled documents under false pretences and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006,² one charge reads.
Bashir and Imokhe had appealed to the court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, to withdraw charges against them for failure of the prosecution to establish a prima facie case against them.
They contested that the charges were based on allegations which were not accompanied by sufficient proof of evidence.
The case has been adjourned to April 22 for continuation of trial.
- CAJ News