Accused collected N18m under false pretext – Witness tells court


300px-CourtGavelA prosecution witness, DSP. Mailafiya Yakubu, told an FCT High Court on Tuesday that an accused, Mustapha Audu, collected N18 million from a complainant, Ms Nike Kolawole, under false pretext.

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Yakubu said this at the resumed hearing of the case which was instituted by EFCC against Audu, the son of former Kogi Govervor, Abubakar Audu.

Mustapha is standing trial alongside his wife, Zahrah, and their company, Construction Guild Ltd on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money on false pretext and fraud.

They were alleged to have collected N18 million from Kolawole to acquire a four-bedroom house for her at Ruskin Terrace, Katamkpe Extension, Abuja, but failed to do so.

Testifying, Yakubu, led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Mr Sam Ugwuegulam, told the court that the accused did not have any land for sale at the time he collected the N18 million.

He also alleged that the accused person’s wife, Zahrah, introduced the complainant to her husband as an estate developer.

The witness also alleged that the accused also deceived the complainant that they built an Estate at Lekki, Lagos and were

planning to build another in Abuja.

“My lord, our investigations revealed that the accused obtained the sum of N18 million by fraud.

“The investigations also showed that they did not have any land for sale when the money was paid to them,” he told court.

The EFCC witness further told the court that during interrogation, the first accused (Mustapha) agreed to pay back the complainant’s money.

“My Lord, the first accused brought a cheque of N5 million after they were arraigned, saying that they are ready to pay back the money,’’ he said.

When the accused’s counsel, Mr Okechukwu Ajunwa, asked the EFCC witness during cross-examination whether he had gone to the FCTA Development Control office to find out if those plots of land existed, he said no.

“I did not go to development control because the land was non-existent in the first place,” he said.

After listening to the testimony of the witness, Umar adjourned hearing in the case to Feb. 24, 2014 for defence to open their case. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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