By Emma Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a fake Army General who has been defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians with cloned originals of property titles from Abuja Geographical Information Service, AGIS.
The suspect, Sylvanus Enunche, 62, was picked by operatives of the EFCC from Keffi prison, Nasarawa State, where he is being detained as an awaiting trial inmate on account of a N17 million land fraud for which he was docked at a Magistrate court, Karu, Nasarawa State .
Enunche who had been parading himself as a retired Army General changed his story in the course of interrogation by EFCC operatives, saying that he retired from the army in 2006 as a major. But the army authority has since refuted his claims and said his service records could not be traced.
The modus operandi of the fraudster was to go to AGIS to get the original Certificates of Occupancy of properties in choice areas of Abuja such as Maitama and Asokoro districts and produce counterfeit copies from the original obtained. Enuncheâ€™s latest victim, Mr. Nnoduka Eruchachi, paid the sum of N90 million for a plot of land in Maitama district of Abuja.
The land which originally belonged to Donatus Ikechukwu Oguejiofor was signed by Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai, former FCT minister and dated 18th August, 2006.