By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” The Zone 7 Command of the Nigerian Police, Abuja, yesterday smashed a syndicate that specialises in the forging of land allocation and Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) documents after which it was discovered that the syndicate had duped unsuspecting members of the public of over N80 million.
The syndicate members, including three staff of the Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC) and one from AGIS, are Abdulhameed Mohammed, the leader from Bauchi State, Husainni Mohammed, from Plateau State, Israel Oduwaye from Ogun State. Enock Manager from Taraba State and Murtala Baba from Niger State, while one Joe and one Mohammed are at large.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, Mrs. Ivy Uche Okoronkwo, while parading the syndicate members who confessed to the criminal act, noted that upon the arrest and search of the syndicate members’ houses, various items used in perfecting alleged forgery of land allocation letters of various Abuja area councils, AGIS and Ministry of Federal Capital territory were recovered.
Some of the items included assorted stamps for Land Allocation Letters, AGIS recertification acknowledgment, Building Plans Approvals, land/payment receipts.
Also recovered were fake building plan drawings already stamped, signed and approved by the syndicate, blank land allocation/offer of terms of grant/conveyance approved by the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Land, Planning & Survey Department, AMAC and Bwari, various fake allocation letters issued in the name of unknown allottees, blank C of Os, fake powers of attorney and fake AGIS acknowledgement notification.
Explaining the modus operandi of the syndicate, AIG Okoronkwo said they took advantage of their victimâ€™s desperation for acquisition of land in the FCT.