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Lawyer in ‘land grab’ scandal

An Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has faulted a petition by Chief Iderima Igonijkon seeking the Minister of the FCT to place a caveat on plot 191 land Dape District and claiming that he never collected or authorised anyone to claim the Right of Occupancy (R of O) of the said plot on his behalf.

Th e NGO, Abuja Anti-Land Grab Association, revealed that the claim by Barr.  Kolawale Adebowale Awodein, was aimed at securing another piece of land through the back doors, stressing that investigations carried out by the group showed that the FCT Administration has issued the Right

of Occupancy (R of O) since 2010.  Chairman of the group, Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, in a statement, alleged that Adebowale, on the February 9, 2010, made an application with the title: “Application for Grant/Re-grant of a Statutory Right of Occupancy” with fi le No.

OG60610 and was issued an acknowledgement on the March 1, 2010.

” It read in part: “It’s on record that one Mr. Bob Mojire Ogbene who then worked in the offi ce of the Minister of FCT was mandated by Barr. Kolawale Adebowale Awodein (SAN) as a facilitating agent, who then paid the statutory land application fee of N100, 000 only with the following bank draft details: United Bank for Africa (UBA), Branch: Adetukunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse2.

Bank draft number: 05035893, Date: 17/02/2010. Bearer: Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) on behalf of Barr.

Kolawale Adebowale Awodein SAN.  “It is also on record that the same signature of Barr.

Kolawale Adebowale Awodein (SAN) was appended on the land application form which he collected the original copy of the Right of Occupancy (R of O) dated March 17, 2010, who later denied same also signed the letter of Acceptance/Refusal of Off er of Grant of Right of Occupancy with hand written address and signature (16 Louis Solomon close Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria), offi cial & private phone numbers (01-4706535, 01-4729952 & 08033024356) verifi able with Nigeria network providers, Google+ & other social media linked to Barrister Kolawale, Deed of Assignment, Transfer of Ownership and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to one Mrs.

Patricia Nnena Kohol. ” Continuing, it read: “Barr.

Kolawale Adebowale Awodein (SAN) of No: 16 Louis Solomon Close Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria haven’t transferred the ownership of his landed property Plot No: 191 to Mrs.  Patricia Nnena Kohol of Block 2 Philkuz Estate, Lugbe, Airport Road FCT, Abuja, vide Deed of Assignment, Power of Attorney prove of valid identity with International Passport and Passport Photograph has now turned round on newspapers publications to assert that he never claimed or authorised the collection of the Right of Occupancy (RofO) and also petitioning the Honourable Minister to place a caveat on the same plot of land.

” Th e statement further revealed that at some point, Barr.  Awodein, who claimed never to have collected the Right of Occupancy (RofO) from AGIS hired military personnel to the site to forcefully eject the legitimate occupier and owner of the said plot threatening that they are acting on behalf of the former Chief of Army Staff , Kenneth Minima (retd).

Th e group accused Barr.  Awodein of inconsistency in all his offi cial communications regarding the plot of land while calling on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to intervene by setting a ministerial committee to act on this issue and many other related matters going on in the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) with the view to salvaging the image and the integrity of your offi ce.

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