Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja on Wednesday remanded in
custody a 42-year-old man, Lateef Abu, accused of attempting to dupe a
former minister of a property in the FCT
Abu, a staff of the Abuja
Geographical Information System (AGIS), is standing trial on
two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and forgery.
Magistrate, Mr Anka Mustapha, refused the accused bail and ordered that
he should be remanded at the Kuje prison while adjourning the case till
the prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Adoku, told the court that one Kudirat
Abubakar, also of AGIS, reported the matter at the FCT Police Command on
to the prosecutor, the accused forged a Certificate of Occupancy of a
plot of land belonging to a former Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Mohammed
He said that the accused subsequently attempted to sell the land.
The prosecutor, however, added that the scam was uncovered during a legal search by the prospective buyer.
said that the accused had obtained the original document from the
former minister on the pretext that there was a prospective buyer
interested in the property.
Adoku said that the accused, who could
not give reasons for his action, pleaded for forgiveness and attributed
his action to the economic hardship in the country.
The prosecutor said that the offences committed contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
When the charge was read to the accused in court, he pleaded guilty.