The suspect was absent in court and not represented.
An Abuja High Court sitting in Apo, Thursday, issued a bench warrant against a suspected land scammer, Ibrahim Bashir, who was to be arraigned on a 12-count charge of fraud and forgery of title documents of a property located at plot 307 B05, Utako District.
Two others, who were to be arraigned alongside Mr. Mohammed, were Ibrahim Kamba and Steve Imokhe, a legal practitioner.
After the court granted the prosecution leave to prefer charges against the three accused persons, counsel to Mr. Imokhe, Abdulamid Mohammed, informed the court that his client’s inability to appear for the day’s proceedings was because he was sick and under admittance at the hospital.
Mr. Bashir was, however, neither present in court nor represented by a counsel.
The prosecution counsel, C.O Ugwu, informed the court of the need to prefer a separate charge for Mr. Kamba, who was present in court. He also asked the court to issue a bench warrant against the other two accused for their non-appearance.
The judge, A. B Mohammed, while upholding the prayers of the prosecution to issue an arrest warrant on Mr. Bashir directed the prosecution to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the claim of the health challenge of Mr. Imokhe.
The judge also granted the prayers of the prosecution to separate the charges against Mr. Kamba to ensure his separate arraignment if the two other accused are not present at the next adjourned date, of January 23, 2013.
Trouble for the trio followed a complaint by Sanusi Ado Bayero, who had alleged that sometimes in 2006, he applied for and was allocated Plot 307 B05 Utako District, Abuja.
After completing all necessary documentation, he told the court, he fenced the plot of land. But sometime in 2010 when he went to develop the plot, Mr. Kamba came with thugs and chased his workers out of the land insisting that the plot was his.
After several efforts to ensure that the issue was resolved amicably, Mr. Ado Bayero said Mr. Kamba demanded N15 million to relinquish his interest on the said property and based on this, filed a ‘frivolous suit’ in court through one Bashir Ibrahim.
One of the charges against the three accused reads: “That you Ibrahim Mohammed Kamba, Ibrahim Mohammed Bashir and Steve Imokhe on or about the 25th of July 2010 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory with intent to defraud attempted to obtain the title documents of the property situate and located at plot 307 B05 Utako District from the Federal Capital Territory Administration under the false pretence that the property was sold to you by one Emmanuel Adebayo which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under Section (1)3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006”.