A Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered a 55-year-old agent, Alhassan Lamaran, who illegally sold a parcel of land belonging to a businessman, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending bail application hearing.
The police charged Lamaran with being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be stolen.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Service in Keffi and adjourned the case until Nov. 27.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Ijeoma Ukagha, alleged that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 2013.
Ukagha informed the court that the complainant, Benjamin Ochai, who resides in Maitama, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police station.
She said the complainant reported that sometime in 2009, he gave another friend, Abraham Sule, who is now at large, his CofO to be used as collateral to enable him secure a loan from the bank
The prosecution added that the documents Sule returned, turned out to be fake.
Ukagha also said that in April 2019, he also discovered that one Aliyu Mustapha, who claimed to have bought the from one Suleiman Musa for N10 million, had trespassed on the land.
She told the court that while interrogating Musa, he told the police that he bought the land from the defendant, who also gave him the original CofO.
Ukagha said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 317 of the Penal Code law.
After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.