CITY NEWS Group tasks kids, Pas­tor re­manded over teens on N3.2m land fraud en­trepreneur­ship

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa By Taiwo Adeniyi

A41-year-old pas­tor has been re­manded in prison cus­tody by an Abuja Grade 1 Area Court for al­legedly de­fraud­ing one Osineke Stan­ley to the tune of N3,220,000.

Amaechi Julius of Kubwa ex­ten­sion lay­out was charged for us­ing a forged doc­u­ment, crim­i­nal breach of trust and cheat­ing, of­fences con­trary to sec­tions 366, 312 and 322 of the Pe­nal Code.

The pros­e­cu­tor, In­nah Omoh, told the court that the com­plainant, on June 15, re­ported at the Kubwa Po­lice Area Com­mand Head­quar­ters that the accused, some­times in 2011, de­frauded him of the sum of N3,220, 000 through the sale of a plot of land with No. L197, Kubwa ex­ten­sion 3, FCDA scheme.

He said that the plot of land was later con­firmed to be fake by the is­su­ing au­thor­ity, (Bwari zonal land co­or­di­na­tor), adding that the accused later gave an­other plot, L301 Kubwa ex­ten­sion 3 lay­out, to the com­plainant which also turned out to be fake.

The pros­e­cu­tor said that the accused also of­fered the com­plainant an­other plot L55 in the same area which was also dis­cov­ered to be in­valid.

Omoh added that in all the trans­ac­tions, the accused was aware that the doc­u­ments were forged but pre­sented them as gen­uine be­cause he, “in­tended to swin­dle the com­plainant.”

When the charges were read to the accused per­son, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N3.5m by the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, with two rea­son­able sureties, one who must be a civil ser­vant of not less than Grade Level 10 and res­i­dent within the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The case was ad­journed to Au­gust 23 for hear­ing. A non­govern­men­talor­gan­i­sa­tion, Kids and Teens with Out­stand­ing Lead­er­ship Abil­i­ties (KOLA) Ini­tia­tives, has urged kids and teenagers to de­velop their en­trepreneur­ship skills.

The Pro­gramme Direc­tor of KOLA Ini­tia­tives, Ifeoma Ochibe-Din­nah, who made this known at the 2016 kids and teens awards in Abuja, re­cently, im­plored them to work hard, per­se­vere and profit from their tal­ents.

She ad­vised them to in­volve their friends in their work to en­hance their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skill.

She said that the group used to give awards to five chil­dren, an­nu­ally, to spur them to do more.

“A soft­ware de­vel­oper was awarded last year and from there she had the soft­ware launched on play store.” she said.

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