Abuja - The two senior officials of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who allegedly swindled a businessman to the tune of N60 million in a fraudulent land deal will return to court next month.
Muhammed Yau Gital and Sani Abba have appeared at the High Court of the FCT on a four-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, obtaining by false pretence and abuse of office.
Gital, former Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, and Abba, Deputy Director, Mass Housing at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) allegedly conspired and defrauded one Chief Duru Mike Ejiogu, managing director of Visioni and Strauss Nigeria Limited to the tune of N60 million on the pretext that the said sum would be used to facilitate the change of Land Use in respect of a property names as Plot No. 523, Cadastral Zone BOO Kukwaba District from Passive Recreation to Residential.
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The offence allegedly happened in March 2004.
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
In view of their plea, the Prosecution counsel Sylvanus Tahir, asked for a date for the commencement of trial.
But Justice Akpaza granted the accused bail in the sum of N50 Million Naira and one surety each. The surety who must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 12, is to resident in the Federal Capital Territory with evidence of home ownership.
The case has been adjourned to June 4 for trial.
- CAJ News