How man sold Gov’t land to 3 different people, obtained N2 million in Borno

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How man sold Gov’t land to 3 different people, obtained N2 million in Borno

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Maiduguri Zonal Command had on Thursday, 4 November 2021, arraigned one Mohammed Gapchia Gana, alias Mamman Shuwa, for defrauding three people the sum of N2, 200, 000.00 (Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira) by separately selling a piece of land to them.

Gapchia Gana was arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a three-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N2, 200, 000.00 (Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The Commission revealed that the defendant allegedly swindled the trio of Mohammed Hassan, Fati Buba and Falmata Fali by separately selling a piece of land located at 44G, behind the Federal Road Safety Corps office, along Damboa Road, Maiduguri, to them.

Gapchia obtained the sum of N850, 000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from Mohammed Hassan; N700, 000.00 (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) from Fati Buba and collected the sum of N650, 000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from Falmata Fali for the same land which did not belong to him.

Investigation revealed that, after commencement of construction on the said land by one of the complainants, Borno State Geographic Information Services, BOGIS, demolished the structure on the grounds that the piece of land is a government layout and not owned by the defendant, which led the complainants to write a petition against the defendant.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you Mohammed Gapchia Gana, aka Mamman Shuwa, sometime in December 2019 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N850, 000.00) from Mohammed Hassan under the false pretence of sale of land at 44G, behind Federal Road Safety Corps office, along Damboa Road, a claim which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Count two reads: “That you Mohammed Gapchia Gana, aka Mamman Shuwa, sometime in December 2019 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700, 000.00) from Fati Buba under the false pretence of sale of land at 44G, behind Federal Road Safety Corps office, along Damboa Road, a claim which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the three counts preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

Prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre.

Justice Kumaliya thereafter adjourned the matter till November 29, 2021, for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Facility.

How man sold Gov’t land to 3 different people, obtained N2 million in Borno

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