Cou­ple sen­tenced for sell­ing house to 3 buy­ers in Abuja

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Adam Umar

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.

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