Man appears in Nasarawa court over N1.4 million land fraud


A 35-year-old, Zephania Shamsi, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N1.4 million on the pretext of selling land to her, was on Thursday in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, released on bail in the sum of N100, 000.

Shamsi, who resides near ECWA Church, Aso in Mararaba, is facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and cheating before a Mararaba Upper Area Court.

Prosecutor Fabiyi Olusegun told the court that the complainant, Mrs Onyeka Okafor of Abacha Road, Mararaba, reported the incident at the ‘A’ Divisional Police Headquarters on Aug. 29.

Olusegun said the accused with another man still at large had in April 2015 sold a piece of land to the complainant for N1. 4m.

“The complainant gave them the money for the land; she did not know that the land belongs to somebody else.

“She reported the matter to the police and the accused was made to write an undertaking to refund the money but has failed to do so,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 97 and 322 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation.

The accused denied the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with a surety in like sum.

The judge, Ibrahim Shekaru, said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case to Sept. 19 for further hearing

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