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No luck for Port Harcourt church swindler

20 February 2015, 20:50

Lagos - The lengthy trial of the man who duped a Port Harcourt church N77 million in fraudulent land deal has been adjourned to next Tuesday.

Felix Ogbebor has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, on eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretence.

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The accused allegedly obtained the sum of money from the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Stadium Road branch, Port Harcourt for 12 and a half plots of land situate at Uyo Street, Rumumasi, in the city in 2011.

He allegedly presented several forged documents to support the claim of ownership of the said land. However, the unsuspecting church which wanted the land to build its new worship centre paid the sum of N77 million to the accused.

However, it is reported when they attempted to take possession of the land, they were stopped. One Professor Ebi Awotua Efebo came with documents, showing that the land in question belonged to him.

The documents, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is seeking his prosecution, showed that he bought the land from one Chief Nelson Chukwu as far as 1990. Ogbebor is pleading not guilty.

The matter has been adjourned to next week for ruling on bail application. The accused has been remanded in EFCC custody.

- CAJ News


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