Barrister Arraigned for Land Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has finally arraigned Mr. Kingsley Odabi, a lawyer, who was allegedly involved in a N10 million fraud before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court 10, Gudu, Abuja.

The Commission had filed a 3-count charge against Odabi bordering on forgery and falsification of land documents to defraud one Dr. A. Babade. Two previous attempts to arraign the accused by ICPC had failed because of the suspect’s absence in court on those occasions.

ICPC in the charge sheet preferred against Odabi, accused him of “Forging a document to wit: Offer of Terms of Grant of Conveyance of Approval with the intent to cause Dr. Babade, B. A. to part with Ten Million Naira (N10m) for the sale of Plot 780 within Kaura District Abuja, contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 304 of the Penal Code Act 2004”.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge. His lawyer applied for bail which was granted on the following conditions: two sureties in the sum of Five Million Naira (N5m), sureties to provide tax clearance for the past three years (3 years) and a passport photograph.

The case was then adjourned to 19th April for commencement of hearing.