Men of the FCT IGP Special Task Force on Terrorism and Heinous Crimes said they have arrested two suspected land racketeers operating in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The land racketeers were alleged to have been in connivance with some staffers in Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), who also specialize in cloning and selling certificates of original allottees to unsuspecting buyers.
According to a police source, a victim from Federal Housing Authority estate, Lugbe, Abuja reported the case to the police. The source said the complainant had stated that a group of people led by the suspects approached him in pretext of selling a property situated at plot 3, Karsana South, by Games village Abuja.
“The syndicate took the victim, a Reverend to the said land for inspection after which they negotiated and agreed on a sum of N3 billion. “The reverend became suspicious when the suspects refused to provide the original allotee of the said land but demanded that he pays the agreed amount into their bank account.
“The racketeers resorted to threatening his life and trailing him when they discovered he was not ready to deposit the amount, which made him to complain,” the source stated. The source added that the suspects were arrested at a Plaza in Utako after they were trailed and one original right of occupancy of a plot of land was recovered after searches were conducted on them.
The chairman of the taskforce, Assistant Commissioner of Police Garba Baba Umar, confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying from investigations, it was discovered that the papers were forged and the said land has been occupied. “The second suspect, who impersonated to be a lawyer, signed the power of Attorney as both the Director/CEO of secretary of PGHE Control Limited, whom he never met before but because of the desperation of selling the fake land,” he added.
The police boss advised the general public to investigate any land or properties that are presented to them before they show interest in buying them.