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Lawyer Dragged To Court For Alleged Fraud In Abuja

The police in FCT, Abuja, on Thursday arraigned a lawyer, Clifford Eze, who allegedly forged a landed property document to defraud a man of N1 million.

Eze, a resident of Maitama, Abuja, appeared before an FCT High Court at Apo on a six-count charge bordering on cheating, breach of trust, forgery and issuance of dud cheques.

According to Vanguard, prosecutor Patrick Ogbele, told the court that Eze and others at large, fraudulently collected N1 million from one Mr. Asekun Adedoyin on April 16.‎

He said the lawyer collected the sum on the pretext of selling a plot of land to Mr. Adedoyin.

He said the land, situated at Jikwoyi, Abuja, did not belong to the lawyer.

According to him, the lawyer forged a letter of offer of terms of grant/conveyance of approval, deed of conveyance and power of attorney. He added that the lawyer presented the letter as genuine to Mr. Adedoyin and converted the N1 million for his personal use.

The prosecutor also said Eze issued two Diamond Bank cheques of N500,000 to Adedoyin which were not honoured due to insufficient funds.‎

He said the offences contravened the Penal Code.

The lawyer, however, pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail by Justice Abubakar Idris-Kutigi‎ in the sum of N300,000 with one surety in like sum.

The judge said the surety must be a civil servant of Grade Level 8 and above. He adjourned the case until Nov. 14 for substantive hearing.