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Colonel Bags 7 Years for N34.5m Land Fraud

Justice F. N. Yunusa of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 sentenced one Eugene Okpala, a 62-year old retired colonel to seven years imprisonment in a case of conspiracy, and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N34.5million (thirty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) brought against him by the EFCC. The matter which was earlier slated for trial on Wednesday took a different turn when the convict decided to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty”. Okpala allegedly in 2008 approached one Barrister Vincent Obetta of Igwurube Chambers and a member of Dominion City Church under the pretext of having large portion of land for sale at N40million (forty million naira).The complainant, Dominium City Church, in need of a landed property to build their school, negotiated and eventually bought the land for N34.5million (thirty-four million, five hundred thousand naira). The church also paid additional five percent of the sum, which is, N1,750,000.00 (one million, seven hundred and fifty thousand naira) as agency fee to Igbwurube Chambers.‪#‎COLONELJAILED‬. ‪#‎fRAUD‬

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