Alleged ‘land racketeer’ remanded in prison for alleged N25m scam

A Borno State High Court presided over by Justice Aisha Kumaliya has remanded Mohammed Umar Aji at the Nigeria Correctional Centre for alleged land fraud worth the sum of N25, 000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira).

The defendant was remanded after he pleaded not guilty to a one- count amended charge bordering on criminal misappropriation of the money by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC website said the prosecution, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed, had prayed the Court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre. This was after the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

The one-count read: “That you, Muhammad Umar Aji, sometimes in February, 2023 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly misappropriated to your own use certain properties to wit: the aggregate sum of N25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira) only being proceeds for the sale of properties (1) a plot of land on BOTP/33 covered by Right of Occupancy on number BO/42010 and (2) a House on plot number 348 covered by Certificate of Occupancy BO/5285 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 308 and 309 of the Penal Code Laws of Borno State Cap. 102 vol.3 of 1994 respectively”.

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