By Evelyn Usman & Kingsley Ndimele
There were indications, yesterday, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, might invite a Director in the office of the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, for questioning over his alleged involvement in the sale of a non-existing plot of land to two brothers at N6.5 million.
This followed a petition to the commission by two brothers, Austine Obele and Antony Obele, alleging that the Director (names withheld) as at the time of the purported sale, was the Deputy Director in the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA.
The petition by the principal consultant, Conquerors Legal Suits, Chinyere Monago, alleged that the Director made several misrepresentations to the complainants, part of which was his claim of ownership of the parcel of land located at Plot 1039C in Kaura District.
The petition read: “Based on his respectable position, our clients believed all he said and parted with the said sum and were in turn given the purported document of plot no. 1039C in Kaura district with file number MFCT/LA/MISC/17346, which he claimed to have secured for himself using the name of M/s Sulman and Associates.
“Our search at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja, revealed that the said Sulman and associates is non- existent.
“Unfortunately, while in the process of perfecting the title to the said plot of land, our clients discovered, to their surprise, that the said parcel of land was just a charade and non-existent, as the same parcel of land was indeed allocated to another company as plot 1039 Kaura district, Abuja.
“This unfortunate discovery is certainly indicative of fraud and illegality in the transaction.”
Efforts, according to the victims, to get the Director to remedy the anomaly proved abortive.