EFCC Finally Arrests APC Chieftain, Benjamin Apugo for N36m Land Scam


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State. His arrest on Friday September 30th, 2016 was sequel to a 4 July, 2016 warrant issued to that effect by a Federal High Court in Umuahia presided over by Justice D.E. Osiagor after the accused failed to appear before the court to take his plea on a three count charge bordering on obtaining money by false
pretense brought against him by the EFCC.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State.

His arrest on Friday September 30th, 2016 was sequel to a 4 July, 2016 warrant issued to that effect by a Federal High Court in!Umuahia presided over by Justice D.E. Osiagor after the accused failed to appear before the court to take his plea on a three count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense brought against him by the EFCC.

He was alleged to have fraudulently sold six (6) plots of land valued at N36.000,000 (Thirty Six Million Naira Only) belonging to!the Nigeria Railway Cooperation located at Umunwulari Nkata Ibeku layout, Planning Scheme Umuahia.

A previous warrant was issued for the arrest of the defendant on
8th October ,2015 by Justice F.A. Olubanjo after he had failed to
appear before the court on same charge.
Even though the politician had earlier been invited by the
Commission where he made statement under caution and was
released on administrative bail, he had since then become
elusive.

He had however through his counsel, Professor Earnest Ojukwu,
SAN tried to frustrate the case on three previous instances either
by applying for the quashing or the transfer of the case to
another judge.

After, Justice Olubanjo was transferred and Justice Evelyn
Anyadike took over the matter, Ojukwu (SAN) moved a motion to
quash the charge and set aside the bench warrant which was
refused prompting him to petition the Chief Judge stating that the
defendant has no confidence in the judge.

Based on the petition, the Chief Judge transferred the case to the
present judge, Justice Osiagor who heard the two applications
and in a considered ruling, dismissed application to quash the
charge and suspended the bench warrant.

He however ordered the defendant to appear before him pursuant
to Section 87 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015
on the next adjourned date of July 4,2016, an appointment which
for the umpteenth time, the APC chieftain failed to honour
necessitating the latest arrest warrant to produce him in court on
Wednesday October 11,2016.

One of the charges against the defendant reads:

“That you Prince Benedict Benjamin Apugo on or about the 7th
day of March 2013 in Umuahia within the jurisdiction of the
Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud obtained the
sum of six million naira (N6,000,000.00) from one Mr Obioma
Nehemiah Isiuwa, when you falsely represented yourself through
his agent, Mrs. Adline Victor Nkwo, to be the owner of six plots
of land valued at thirty-six million Naira (N36,000,000.00) located
at the House of Assembly Road by Ochendo By-Pass in
Umunwulari Nkata Ibeku layout, Umuahia, Umuahia -North Local
Government Area, Abia State otherwise called Ogurube layout,
which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an
offence contrary to section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud
and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under
section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
30th September, 2016

Sahara Reporter

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