EFCC Docks AMATA Chiefs for N3.5m Land Scam

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Olaoluwa Folalu

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the quartet of Abdulaziz Dalha Musa, Abbah Muhammad Bello, Bala Mohammed Zakari and Salisu Yusuf Juji before Justice Faruk Lawan of Kano State High Court on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

The accused persons are all executive members of the Amalgamated Traders/Artisans Welfare Development Association, AMATA, Kano State Chapter.

The complainant, Alhaji Yusuf Yakubu Mika’il, a trader in Singa Market Kano alleged that, sometimes in February and September 2013 he was approached by the executives of the AMATA, Kano Chapter over some plots of land which they had for sale.

According to Mika’il, after series of negotiations, a sum of N3.5million (three million, five Hundred thousand naira) was paid to the accused persons and he was subsequently issued with receipts.

However, the accused persons could not deliver on their promise as agreed and efforts of the victim to recover his money yielded no result.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to charges when they were read to them.

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