Two arraigned for land scam in Borno
The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 arraigned the duo of Abor Gambomi and Abdulmumini Ali before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on a one count amended charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining N420,000.00 (Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) by false pretence.
The defendants allegedly collected the money from the nominal complainant to buy a piece of land for him (complainant), but converted the money to their personal use.
The amended charge reads: ‘‘That you, Abor Gambomi and Abdulmumini, sometimes in March 2019 at Maiduguri, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain N420, 000.00 (Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) from Mustapha Shettima Wakil under the pretence that the said amount represent payment for the purchase of a purported plot of land No. 127 BOTP/72 Pompomari Residential Layout, Maiduguri Borno State which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.’’
They pleaded not ‘‘guilty’’ to the charge preferred against them.
Upon their plea, prosecution counsel Mukhtar Ali Ahmed asked the court for a trial date and to remand the defendants in custody pending the determination of the case.
Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till October 18, 2021 for commencement of trial and ordered the remand of the defendants in the Correctional Centre.