A 50-year-old man, Tunde Alabi, has appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged N8.5 million land fraud.
Alabi of no fixed address, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences, entry by violence and stealing.
He however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2020, at Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos.
Osungbure said the complainant, Mr Nnona Ejiofor, bought two plots of land valued at N8.5 million located at Ibeju-Lekki from the defendant who claimed it was a family land.
She said that the defendant issued a receipt of the sale to Ejiofor and he started constructing a building on the land.
The prosecutor stated that the defendant unlawfully entered the land and destroyed building materials worth N5 million belonging to the complainant.
Osungbure said that it was later discovered that the defendant was not the real owner of the land.
The offences contravened sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (revised) and Section 3 of the Properties Protection Law of Lagos State, 2016.
The Tide source reports that Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining under false pretences, while 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of stealing.
The Tide source further reports that Section 3(4) of the Properties Protection Law of Lagos State, 2016 provides for 10 years imprisonment for the offence of entry by violence.
Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adeola held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), six months bank statements and Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.
She further directed that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed with an affidavit of means and evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Adeola adjourned the case until Aug. 3 for mention.
Domestic Servant Docked For Stealing Employer’s Property
A 26-year-old domestic servant, Sharon Francis, was docked on Thursday at a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing her employer’s jewellery and other items valued N700,000.
The defendant, who resides at Ali Akilu area of Kaduna, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant and two others, still at large, committed the offences on May 15 at Malali, Kaduna.
He alleged that the defendant and her accomplices stole clothes, jewellery, three pieces of watches and two television sets, all worth N700,000.
According to Leo, the items belong to Mrs Esther Paul.
He said that the defendant absconded after stealing the items but was later arrested in Niger.
The alleged offences are punishable under Sections 285 and 271 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Emmanuel also ordered that the sureties should be blood relation of the defendant and have means of livelihood.
He added that the sureties should reside within Kaduna and show evidence of tax payment to the state government.
The magistrate adjourned the case until August 20 for hearing.
Ground Rents: Asokoro, Maitama Property Owners Highest Debtors, Says FCTA
The FCT Administration Debt Recovery Committee on Thursday said property owners in Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest ground rent debtors.
Mr Muhammad Sule, the Chairman, Media and Publicity sub-Committee Director, Information and Communication, disclosed this in a statement, he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
According to him, property owners in Asokoro and Maitama are owing 10.67 per cent, 9.43 per cent and 9.29 per cent out of the total sum owed.
Sule said the committee was already fine-tuning legal documentations to take all property owners who had failed to pay, despite repeated warnings, to court for prosecution, revocation or outright forfeiture.
He also said that committee in the process of doing its work had discovered that many of the debtors were title holders in Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts, considered to be highbrow areas in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.
According to him, property owners in Asokoro District alone constitute 10.67 per cent of the ground rents defaulters.
“While the title holders in Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts comprise 9.43 per cent and 9.29 per cent, respectively.
“As the work of the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29,506,643,943.98 owed the FCT Administration gathers momentum.
“Findings by the administration revealed that property owners in the highbrow areas of Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest debtors owing 10.67, 9.43 and 9.29 percent out of the total sum owed.
Also, property owners in other districts, such as Central Business Districts, Industrial Area I and Extension, as well as Wuse I and II are owing the Administration the tune of 8.21 per cent, 5.18 per cent, 5.1 per cent, and 4.81 per cent, respectively.”
He explained that title holders in Garki I and II, Katampe and Jabi Districts are in default of 3.4 per cent, 3 per cent, 2.21 per cent, and 2.15 per cent, respectively.
Similarly, he said property owners in other districts like Kukwaba, Gwarinpa I, Gudu, Kado, Karmo, Katampe Extention, Utako, Mabushi, Durumi, Daki-Biyu, Guzape, Jahi, Dutse Wuye, and Institutions and Research are owing various degrees of percentages.
“Thus, the committee is committed to carrying out its assignment as mandated by the FCT Administration whilst all title holders must honour their obligation to clear the debts.
“It is more honourable and responsible for property owners to rush to clear their outstanding debts because it is not going to be business as usual as the government needs these funds to fast-track the infrastructural development of the FCT.
The Tide source reports that the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Olusad, recently inaugurated a debt recovery committee with the mandate to recover N29 billion outstanding debts owed the FCT Administration.
The committee was directed to focus interest on ground rents and other sundry fees in the Land Administration Department as well as other stakeholder’s departments.
Meanwhile, the committee has since dissolved into sub-committees of Publicity, Administration, Legal and Finance, respectively, for effective and diligent execution of its mandate.
Kogi: Dangote Cement, Communities Sign Landmark Development Pact
The Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant, and two mining communities on Thursday sealed a renewed development pact as part its intervention schemes in Kogi State.
The Tide source reports that the five-year pact entered into at the Plant’s premises, has been described as a “milestone” capable of transforming the economy of Kogi and Nigeria in general.
The mining communities, whose representatives jointly assented to the Community Development Agreement (CDA) pact are Oyo and Iwaa both in Kogi.
They all agreed that the pact would open doors for more job opportunities for locals and bring about rapid social and economic transformation of their communities.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development Olamilekan Adegbite, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said the Federal Government was glad that Dangote Cement Plc had finally fulfilled its obligations to the host communities.
Adegbite explained “the CDA is in line with the 2007 Mineral and Mining Act of the nation”.
Represented by the Ministry’s Chief Geologist, Mr Ntuimbe Etta, the minister assured, “the APC led administration will continue to facilitate a peaceful atmosphere between the company and its host communities”.
The Dangote Cement Plant Director, Mr. J.V. Gungune, said the massive support for the communities envisaged in the new CDA was in alignment with the company’s vision and mission of supporting its host communities.
Gungune said: “This five-year agreement will be implemented between 2022 and 2026 devoid of any failure.
“Our Group President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is very appreciative and proud of the support from all the communities, including the plant communities of Obajana and Apata.
“The content of the CDA will be implemented under the supervision of the mutually agreed Community Development Monitoring Committee.”
Also, Senior General Manager and Head of Environment and Community Affair of the company, Tukur Lawal, said “Dangote Cement plc is a socially responsible organisation.”
According to him, the company will continue to touch lives through the provision of basic infrastructure, especially to host communities.
Lawal described the two mining communities as “very peaceful, supportive, and business-friendly.”
He noted that the presence of the company had indeed brought about urbanisation and development to the communities.
“Only recently, the company completed the country’s longest concrete road between Obajana and Kabba.
“It’s also worthy of note that our (Dangote Cement Plc’s) annual tax remittances to the government hovers above N100 billion,” he further disclosed
The traditional ruler of Iwaa, Oba Francis Migbole, in his response, described the President of the Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as a “God send” to his community, whose joy knew no bound.
He recalled that in 2021, the company completed a multi-million Naira health facility for Iwaa mining community.
Also, the ruler of Oyo, Oba Solomon Obahawu, described the company as a blessing to his people and the generations yet unborn.
The traditional ruler said that his community would do everything possible to continue to support the company so that it could enjoy a smooth operational turf.
The Baloo who spoke through his aide, Mr. David Oloruntoba, said that the Dangote Cement Plc had rescued his subjects from poverty and suffering.
In her goodwill message, Director, Mineral and Ecological Services, Kogi, Mrs Atinuke Onimode, commended the company for living up to its social responsibility to the host communities and rescuing them from poverty.
NAN reports that some of the areas of support itemised in the five-year Community Development Agreement include road infrastructure, education and scholarship, health, micro-credit and enterprise development.
Others are employment, vocational training, award of contracts, and the provision of start-up capital to businesswomen and youths among others.
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