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Agent who sold N13.8m Asokoro property with fake documents arraigned

It was found that all the allocation papers and documents issued by the defendant were found to have been forged.

• July 12, 2021
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A 35-year-old property agent, Martins Osakwe, appeared before a Magistrates’ Court in Zone 6, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a businessman of N13.8 million.

The police charged the defendant with criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery.

The prosecution counsel, Bunmi David, told the court that the complainant, Osale Kingsley, reported the matter at the Karmo Police Station, on January 11.

Mr David alleged that sometime in September 2020, the complainant, while scouting for a two-bedroom apartment met the defendant to facilitate the purchase on recommendation by one Obiora Okeoghene

He alleged that the defendant took the complainant for inspection of a property, situated at E397, a two-bedroom terrace house, set out for sale at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Valley Estate Asokoro, Abuja.

Mr David told the court that the complainant thereafter paid N13.8 million into the defendant’s FCMB Bank account number, 2925946019 after a written agreement was signed by both parties.

The prosecution, however, alleged that under scrutiny, all the allocation papers and documents issued by the defendant were found to have been forged.

He listed the forged documents to include the Nigerian Air Force Holding Company Valley receipt with number 0291 and other documents bearing Obiora Joyce Okeoghene.

The counsel said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 364 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, A. Tsokawa, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 158(152) of the Criminal Justice Act.

Mr Tsokawa said the defendant should be presumed innocent until proven guilty while asking the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendant.

Magistrate Ahmed Ndajiwo, however, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of five million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Mr Ndajiwo ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should show reliable means of livelihood and identification cards, verified by the court’s registrar.

The magistrate adjourned the case until August 2 for a hearing. 

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