Lawyer, others sued over forgery, selling of N29m Abuja house

A lawyer, Everestus Ugwuowo, and three others have been sued by the police authorities over allegation of defrauding a woman to the tune of N29 million and forging of documents to sell Abuja house.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu of a Federal High Court, Abuja is handling the matter in the amended charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/121/2018.

The Inspector-General (I-G) of Police is the complainant in the matter.

The IG, in the amended 11 counts dated and filed on April 29, 2019 by ACP Simon Lough, SAN, also joined Umar Sanda Adamu, Usman Audu and Adole Christopher Oche, a staff of Bureau of Public Procurement as 2nd to 4th defendants respectively.

The defendants, who were arraigned in 2018 and granted bail, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

They were alleged to have committed the allegations in connivance with Damian Audu, Joseph Omale, Kingsley Awodi, now at large on or about September 2017 in Abuja.

In count one, Ugwuowo, who is said to be practising under the name Evaruth Solicitors, was alleged to have conspired with others to commit felony by obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act 2006.

In count two of the charge, they were alleged to have, while acting in concert and with intent to defraud Mrs Grace Awajash Dauda, forged letters of authority to sale; consent to assign House 11, 62 Road, Gwarimpa Estate with No. FHA/OCE/GWA II OWU C; Irrevocable Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment.

The letters were purported to have been signed by Grema Mohammed Umar with three Federal Housing Authority (FHA) receipts, letter of offer, letter of allocation, letter of checking in of owner occupiers in respect of the house.

These were alleged to have been used to deceitfully collect the sum of N29 million from Mrs Dauda on the pretence that they had authority to sell the property.

Justice Egwuatu has adjourned the matter till July 22 for trial continuation.