EFCC Press Release
Two Arraigned for N1m Land Scam
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday November 6, 2014, arraigned the duo of Alhaji Suraj A.S Mai Bargo and Alhaji Tijjani Iliyasu Hudu alongside S.A.S General Enterprises Nigeria Limited before Justice Faruk Lawal of Kano State High Court on a 2-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
The first accused, Mai Bargo, who is an agent to the second accused, Iliyasu Hudu sometime in May 2012, allegedly sold a plot of land to one Umar Ahmed Gwale at Gaida Farm in kano for the sum of one million naira only (N1, 000,000) and issued a receipt of S.A.S General Enterprises Nigeria Limited, with a promise to deliver the Certificate of Occupancy to him within two weeks. The two weeks lapsed and the document was never delivered to Gwale. Instead, he was told that the land belongs to one Alhaji Tijjani Iliyasu Hudu (2nd accused) who claimed that he never authorized Mai Bargo to sell the land.
Count two of the charge reads “That you Alhaji Suraj Mai Bargo, Alhaji Tijjani Iliyasu Hudu and S.A.S General Enterprises Nigeria Limited on or about 28th May, 2012 in kano within the judicial division of the High Court of Justice of keno state, with intent to defraud cheated Umar Ahmed Gwale by deceiving him to part with the sum of one million naira only (N1,000,000) under the pretence that you had a land with good title which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320 and punishable under section 322 of the Penal Code.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by Justice Lawan in the sum of N1m each and one reliable surety who must be a civil servant of level 14 and above.
The case was adjourned to case to December 16, 2014 for commencement of trial.
Head, Media & Publicity
7th November, 2014