According to The Nation, Justice Angela Otaluka of the FCT High Court, Lugbe on Monday commenced trial in a case involving Idris Shuabu, a developer and Ikechukwu Sebastian for allegedly obtaining N86 million under false pretence.
Prosecution counsel, Mr Richard Dauda, who led Shuaibu in evidence at the witness box, said his 26 hectares of land was revoked by the former Minister of FCT, Mr Bala Muhammed in 2014.
Shuaibu said that he was then introduced to Sebastian by his uncle, one Gogobiri, who he said worked with Abuja Geographical Information Systems (AGIS) and was in the position to help get back the revoked land.
He said that the defendant promised that his property would be reinstated if he agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with him.
He said that when he gave a copy of the MoU to his lawyer, he was advised against it.
He said that the defendant had requested the sum of N150 million to be paid as the amount for the yet-to-be reinstated landed property revoked by the former minister.
“Sebastian kept calling me and since I thought he was a staff of AGIS and I am a business man, I boycotted my lawyer and went ahead to make payment.’’
He said that he paid Sebastian both in dollars and naira without the consent of his lawyer.
He said that he paid the total sum of N86 million before he discovered Sebastian was not a staff of AGIS.
Shuaibu said that the attitude of the defendant in getting his land reinstated propelled him to approach the Deputy Director of Land in AGIS to confirm the identity of the defendant.
He said that it was a shock when he heard that the defendant was not a member of staff of AGIS.
He said that he requested that his lawyer petitioned the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to demand his money back, adding that he was invited by the commission for questioning.
Shuaibu then asked the court to compel the defendant to produce his money, adding that the defendant had shown that he was dishonest and could not be trusted.
However, Counsel to the Defendant, Mr Paul Samson prayed the court to adjourn the matter because he was not in possession of necessary documents that could help in the trial of the case.
He said that the purpose of the document would help assist the defendant to get justice in the matter that was before the court.
Otaluka however adjourned the case until July 4 for further hearing.
The judge called on the parties to arm themselves with all the necessary documents, adding that she would no longer tolerate any adjournment in the matter.
Source: The Nation
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