No fewer than two directors and five others in the Land Department of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) and the Department of Development Control (DDC) have been indicted by the police on allegations of land speculation and racketeering.
According to the police, the indicted persons will soon be charged in court. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/15/insecurity-fcta-demolishes-hoodlums-drug-dealers-hideout-in-asokoro/
The development is coming at a time when the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to eliminate land speculators and restore the nation’s capital master plan.
Already, scores of demonstrators and experts in land administration who bemoaned the activities of land speculators and racketeering in the city have thrown their weight behind the minister.
Wike had specifically warned land speculators that a new sheriff was in town. “And those doing land marketing, the period is over.” Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/14/wike-refutes-claims-of-bullet-proof-car-purchase-as-fct-minister/
Details of the Charges
The police are explicitly pressing charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, obtaining by false pretence and impersonation.
This development is a fallout of an investigation by the police over the ownership tussle between an engineering firm, Cona Engineering and Technical Services Nigeria Limited and one Yusuf Daniel Ogwu over a piece of land located at plot 1308 Cadastral Zone A09 Guzape District Abuja.
The company had mobilised to the site for construction activities before Yusuf Daniel Ogwu surfaced with the R of O claiming to be the land’s original owner.
Legal Proceedings and Implications
However, available title documents showed that by the Certificate of Occupancy granted to Jamila Saleh Hassan on June 6, 2007 (file No: 20400), she became the beneficial owner of plot 1308 Cadastral Zone A09 Guzape District, Abuja.
Jamila Saleh Hassan donated the above plot to Sunday Benjamin Egele sometime in June 2014 through an irrevocable and registered Power of Attorney. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/03/24-days-after-500-directors-defy-fgs-order-to-retire/
However, on Sunday, Benjamin Egele donated the exact property to Cona Engineering and Technical Services Limited through a power of Attorney in December 2018.
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