By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” Police authorities at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, have uncovered a multi-million Naira land scam by a syndicate inside the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, which works in concert with Abuja Geographical Information Service, AGIS staff.
In line with the discovery, the police have arrested two alleged principal suspects who are the arrow heads of the gang that has already duped scores of unsuspecting Nigerians of huge amounts.
Vanguard gathered that suspects whose names are given as Emmanuel E. Moses Agbo of No. 90 Kwame Nkruma Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja, andÂ Kalu Uka Onyekachi, yet to be arrested and some AGIS staff, were alleged to have collected sub-charges from clients, ranging between N5 million and N10 million for such transactions.
For instance, Police sources told Vanguard that Mr. Kalu Uka â€˜Mâ€™Â still at large, is a principal suspect who allegedly collected N21. 1 million from one Dr. Cliare forÂ a plot of land at Maitama, and that Mr. Uka who is the Director of O. Uka Intergrated Services Limited and other companies runs the company with his wife, Chinonye, who has been arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy, forgery and fraud.
On his part, Mr. Emmanuel B â€˜Mâ€™Â who was working with AGIS as a contract ataff, and is friend to Uka and Moses Agbo, the Director ofÂ DCC Properties and Communications, was found with all the land information on his flash drives which were recovered from him by the Police including signatures of past Ministers and Directors of Land in AGIS.
Another member of the syndicate, Moses Agbo â€˜Mâ€™, of Number 90 Kwame Nkruma Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja, is a business partner of Mr. B Emmanuel who was working with AGIS. Police investigation showed that heÂ owns a company that is into property and communication. AGIS maps, fake allocation letters, list of free lands in FCT, AGIS official files were found on him.
He also has his agents working for him other than Mr. Emmanuel that supplies him information and has succeeded in selling the fake plots to his unsuspecting buyers running into millions of Naira.
How it works
It was further gathered that at AGIS , most land bills are sub charged and the little money that will be paid will go into the pocket of the AGIS staff. For instance, where the land rent is to go for N50,000,000.00, the allottees will give N5 million or N10 million to some of the AGIS staff and receipt for N50,000,000.00 will be issued to the plot owners.
Re-certification is then carried out and back dated to avoid correct payment to the government treasury. Consequently, several AGIS staff are being interrogated at the FCID Area 10 FHQ.