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Fake lawyer appears in court over N15m fraud

By News Desk

A 56-year-old businessman identified as Umar Muhammed has been arraigned by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) before a Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja for alleged N15 million fraud.

The police charged Muhammed, who resides in Mararaba, Nasarawa State with criminal breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and forgery.

The Prosecution Counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court on Tuesday that on November 19, the complainant, Pastor Jude Valentine, of suite D3 Upper Grace Plaza Utako Abuja reported the matter at the Wuse Zone 3 Police Station.

Ogada said that the defendant criminally presented himself as a legal practitioner and collected N5 million from the complainant to procure the Right-of-occupancy for plot 15/9 Mabuchi Abuja.

Ogada told the court that the defendant presented a forged document to the complainant as allocation paper to operate a Green Area.

The prosecution said that during the police investigation, the defendant could not give a satisfactory account of himself and the offence contravened sections 312, 322,307 and 364 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence. The presiding judge, Ismaila Abdullahi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2.5m with two sureties in like sum.

Abdullahi, ordered that the two sureties must be level 12 civil servants, in FCT. He said that sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction and must produce reasonable means of identification. He adjourned the matter until 17 Feb. 2022.

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