FCDA Officer, Mohammed Held Over Abuja Land Scam


 A staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Mrs Hajara Egbra, and one other person have been held in Lagos by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police over allegations of involvement in land fraud.

Egbra, a technical officer with FCDA was arrested alongside  with one Mr. Mohammed Sadiq having been accused of obtaining N25 million under false pretence for a piece of land at Asokoro area of Abuja.

Minister of FCT, Mr Bala Mohammed and his predecessors have taken drastic measures to curb incidences of land racketeering in the federal capital.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of SFU, Mrs Ngozi Isintume-Agu, alleged that “in 2009, an Abuja based business woman purchased a plot of land measuring 2,500 sq. meters within Asokoro Extension, Abuja from the technical staff of FCT on an agreed fee of N25million.”

“The complainant, having reached an agreement with one of the suspects, paid the said sum in three instalments of N10, N8m, and N5m respectively,” it said, adding, “the suspect issued a receipt with Invoice No. 0073 dated 29/09/2009 and Invoice No. 0201 dated 06/10/2009. The petitioner further alleged that the third payment of N5 million was made through a First Bank cheque No. 01795293 dated December 19, 2012” it added.

The statement said, “the complainant also alleged that she discovered that she had been duped while she was trying to process the building plan and other related documents relating to the land.

“Police investigations revealed that the suspect actually sold to her a land that already had an owner.  However, while the complainant tried without success to reclaim her money, the suspect gave her another plot, but that while she was fencing the said land with N450,000.00, she was told by the suspect that the plot was equally not vacant.”

“The suspect, Hajara Egbra who hails from Okene in Kogi State was arrested along with one Mohammed Sadiq.  Hajara Egbra, a 45-year old Technical Officer with Federal Capital Development Authority is also a business woman with a shop at Garki modern market, Abuja. The suspect will soon be charged to court, the SFU said.

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