A Sokoto Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of 48-year-old estate agent, Lawali Maigara, for alleged land fraud.
The defendant was accused of defrauding one Mubarak Bello of Fakon Iddi area of Sokoto of N400,000 on land transaction.
The defendant was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and cheating, offences contrary to Sections, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Abubakar Mohammed, had told the court that the defendant sold a plot of land to the victim at N380, 000, alongside N20, 000 agency fee.
Mohammed said that when the victim started developing his land, the accused went and sold the same land to another person, leading to the destruction of the victim’s building.
This prosecutor said the incident occurred sometimes in 2014.
The accused, however, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Abubakar Adamu, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until police investigation is completed.
Adamu adjourned the case until Nov. 8, for further mention.
Source: The Nation