EFCC arraigns man over N2.2m land scam in Borno

  • Internet fraudster jailed 6 in Kaduna

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, arraigned one Mohammed Gapchia Gana, alias Mamman Shuwa, before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a three-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N2.2 million.

The defendant allegedly swindled the trio of Mohammed Hassan, Fati Buba and Falmata Fali by separately selling a piece of land located at 44G, behind the Federal Road Safety Corps office, along Damboa Road, Maiduguri, to them.

Gapchia obtained the sum of N850, 000 from Mohammed Hassan; N700, 000 from Fati Buba and collected the sum of N650, 000 from Falmata Fali for the same land which did not belong to him.

Investigation revealed that, after commencement of construction on the said land by one of the complainants, Borno State Geographic Information Services, BOGIS, demolished the structure on the grounds that the piece of land is a government layout and not owned by the defendant.

This led the complainants to write a petition against the defendant.

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the three counts preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

Prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre.

Justice Kumaliya thereafter adjourned the matter till November 29, 2021 for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Facility.

Internet fraudster jailed 6 months in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 4, 2021 secured the conviction of Muhammed Kabir before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on a one count amended charge of cheating by impersonation.

The defendant who was arrested in the Barnawa area for alleged internet related fraud activities, presented himself on a website as a US citizen and used the fake profile to induce unsuspecting victims to confer benefits on him. Before he was nabbed, he had obtained the sum of $1,150 USD from his victims.

He received the said monies through his bitpay application from where the same was converted to bitcoin and, later , into Naira.

The one count amended charge reads: “That you, Muhammed Kabir (aka Rebecca) on or about the 9th of September, 2021 at Barnawa, Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one REBECCA (a white woman) via your Email Account, muhdkabeer16@yahoo.com and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 and punishable under Section 309 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.

The defendant, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment without an option of fine. He also forfeits to the Federal Government of Nigeria, an iPhone 12 and a Peugeot 307 car.

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