The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, arraigned a former Zonal Land Manager, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Muhammed Ishaq on an 11-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and abuse of office to the tune of N5million.
Mr. Ishaq, who is the principal suspect in the alleged fraud case, was arraigned before Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court, sitting in Kubwa, Abuja.
According to the charge sheet, the accused had in 2015, approached Ifeanyi Eke, claiming that he owns some plots of land – MF 45, E 296, E 293, E 295, E294 – situated at Apo Extension 111, for which he was paid N5m by Mr. Eke.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Yetunde Alabi, urged the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial.
However, the defence counsel, Shaibu Yahaya, prayed the court to grant the accused person bail.
The prosecution counsel did not object to the motion for bail moved by the defence counsel on the grounds that the accused person had not jumped the administrative bail granted him by the commission.
Consequently, Justice Kawu granted the accused person bail in the sum of N10million with one surety in like sum.
The court said the surety must be a civil servant not below the level of a deputy director, have a landed property within Abuja and produce two recent passport photographs.
The case was adjourned to February 17 for commencement of trial.