N4.2m Land Scam: EFCC Docks Three

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 arraigned one Hassan Muhammed Bashar of Federal College of Education (Technical )Gusau, Zamfara State, and two others, Aliyu Muhammed and Murtala Abubakar before Justice Nasiru Umar Gumi of Zamfara State High Court , Gusau, on a 12-count charge that borders on conspiracy and forgery.

The accused persons sometime in 2010, allegedly connived and forged land title and bank documents with which they claimed the sum of N4.2million paid to their victim, one Abubakar Maishanu, by a telecoms company as leasehold for a plot of land with No. B5239 located at Gummi town, Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Count one of the charges reads, “That you Hassan Muhammed Bashar and Aliyu Muhammed sometime in 2010 within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Gusau agreed among yourselves to do an illegal act to wit; forgery and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code”

All three accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with two sureties in like sum, who must have landed properties with Certificate of Occupancy within the jurisdiction of the court.

The case is adjourned to 15th January, 2015.

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