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Land fraud: Court adjourns Sunny Antai trial

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Jabi has adjourned until the 14th of November, this year, to continue further hearing on a 3-count criminal charge the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, instituted against the former President of Federal Staff Cooperative Thrift and Loans Society, Mr Sunny Antai, over his alleged complicity in Abuja land fraud.

Justice Babangida Hassan adjourned the matter after the first prosecution witness, Mr Ndukuba Joseph, concluded his evidence and was discharged.

While being cross-examined by counsel to the 1st Defendant, Mrs Obono-Obla, the first witness in the matter, Mr Joseph, told the court that he personally lost N1.4million in the fraudulent land scheme.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Blessing Ezeala told the court that Defendant perpetrated the alleged fraud, in connivance with the erstwhile Treasure of the thrift society, Mrs Emenogu Nwachi, who is currently at large.

Meanwhile, speaking to journalists at the end of the proceeding, the defence lawyer, Mrs Obono-Obla, maintained that there is a constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of her client.

On his part, counsel to the Complainants, Mr Adegboyega Akololade, told journalists that though the charge was filed in 2019, he said it took over three years before the 1st Defendant was arrested.

The Police had in the charge before the court, alleged that Defendant had between 2002 and 2017, fraudulently obtained about N1.3billion from unsuspecting members of the thrift society on the false pretence that he had secured plots of land for them.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye