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Friday 18 May 2018

Photo: EFCC arraigns suspected serial fraudster for land scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, May 17, 2018, arraigned one Yohana Margif, a suspected serial fraudster, before Justice C. O. Agbaza of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, on a 7-count charge of conspiracy, forgery and fraud.

His journey to the dock followed a petition by the Department of Land Administration, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, alleging that the defendant presented a title document, purported to be original Mass Housing Development Programme within the FCT, in the name of Verizon Heritage Limited, dated February 19, 2010 for confirmation in the Search Unit of Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS.

According to the petitioner, the said documents were intercepted upon presentation as they appeared to be irregular.

Investigation into the matter revealed that Verizon Heritage Limited did not transfer the said title to any person or any company. The documents presented to the Department of Land Administration, AGIS, for legal search were also confirmed fake. .

One of the counts reads:

“That you, Yohana Margif, on or sometime December, 2015 in Abuja which is within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, intentionally forged payment receipt dated 15th day of August, 2014, of the sum of $4,687,500 (Four Million, Six Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand, Five Hundred US Dollar) from MSDANLAMI NIGERIA LIMITED in the names of Chief F. Nwora and Mrs. E. Nwora on behalf of Verizon Heritage Limited, and you thereby committed the above offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Rimamsomte Ezekiel, asked the court for a date for trial, but the defence counsel, R. N. Mbu, objected saying, he had a pending bail application before the court.

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