Couple sentenced for selling house to 3 buyers in Abuja
An Abuja Grade One Area Court sitting in Gwagwa, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), has sentenced a couple in the area to six months’ imprisonment for selling a single property to three individuals and collecting money from each.
An official of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the Federal Ministry of Justice, David Kafanchan, who arraigned the couple, had earlier told the court that one Emeka Nnadi and his wife, Tochi Nnadi, conspired and committed joint act, criminal breach of trust, and cheating, which he said, are contrary to Sections 79 and 312 of the Penal Code.
The prosecutor had further explained that the first accused person duped his victims separately of the total sum of N850,000 in the name of selling the house which he occupied with his family in Unguwar Kiriya area in Gwagwa, while the second accused person who is his wife, served as a witness and also carried out some written note in the said transaction as indicated in the receipt issued to the Gwagwa police division, where the matter was first reported by the three buyers.
The court also heard that all the three persons could not stay in the said house as another person who bought the house as the fourth buyer was already occupying it, while a fifth person who paid for the house was lucky to get back his money after he learnt that the accused person was planning to flee the area along with his family and relocate to Cotonou, in Benin Republic.
When the three count charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded guilty and prayed for leniency.
Judge Muhammad Sulyman Ola ordered them to pay N10,000 on each of the three charges or be jailed for six months.
The judge also ordered them to return N200,000; N350,000 and also N300.000 being the separate sums of money that they had confessed to have collected from their victims, in 12 months’ time or spend another three months in prison, which should run concurrently with the first term imprisonment sentence.
The convicts have been taken to the Suleja prison, pending their fulfillment of the court order or otherwise.