Hajara Egbra, 45, a female staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja, was arrested for allegedly obtaining the sum of N25 million under false pretence.
The woman was arrested by operatives of the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police at Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The SFU’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ngozi Isitumen Agu, said the suspect was arrested following a written complaint by a female victim (name withheld) to the Commissioner of Police, CP Tunde Ogunsakin, that the suspect sold a plot of land to her within Asokoro Extension, Abuja, in 2009 for the sum of N25 million.
The victim alleged that she paid the money in three installments. She said she paid N10 million each for the first two installments and the suspect issued receipts with invoice Nos.0073 and 0201 to her as proofs of purchase respectively, while the last payment of N5 million was made in 2012 through an old generation bank cheque No. 0179593.
The petitioner stated that she discovered that she had been duped by the suspect when she was trying to process the documents of the land.
When she confronted the suspect, the suspect took her to another land as compensation and she used about N450,000 to fence off the new land.
The petitioner reported the matter to the police when the suspect came back to tell her that the land did not belong to her again.
DSP Agu said that during interrogation, the suspect who claimed to be a native of Kogi State and a technical officer with the Federal Capital Development Authority, allegedly confessed to the crime.
According to the police, in her statement, the suspect, who owns a shop at Garki modern market in Abuja, admitted that she collected the money and gave the sum of N8.5 million to a developer, Mohammed Sodiq, now at large, while she took the balance for her services.
Agu said the suspect would be arraigned in court after the investigation of the matter.