Beninese bricklayer, native doctor arraigned for fraudulently taking over orphan’s N10M property

A Beninese bricklayer, Olufemi Salako was on Friday arrainged before Nnobi Chief Magistrate Court, Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra for alleged willful and unlawful take-over of an orphan’s property valued N10 million.

Salako, residing at Nnobi is facing the charge with one Chijioke Peter Okaa, a 65-year native doctor from Nnobi, who was arrainged on the same count charge on June 16.

The duo were accused of alleged forcibly take-over of one Miss Nzube Victoria Mbachu’s property worth N10 million.

When the matter pending before, Chief Magistrate, Kenneth Nwoye came up for hearing on Friday at Nnobi, Police Prosecutor, Mr Ifeanyi Eze told the court that he has an amended charge.

According to Eze, the initial five count-charge between the Commissioner of Police and Chijioke Peter Okaa was now to include Olufemi Salako who wasn’t present on June 16.

The prosecutor told the court that Okaa and Salako had sometime within the months of July 2020 and October, 2021 at Nnobi did attempt to commit felony by inducing one Miss Nzube Victoria Mbachu an orphan to change a title document of her land in favour of Okaa.

Eze also alleged that the accused had conspired with Okaa to promise Nzube to build a house to relocate her and her children from her family compound in addition to providing more money.

The prosecutor further claimed that the accused forcibly entered the said land thereby committed an offence punishable under section 496 (a) of the Criminal Code Law Cap 36, Volume ii, Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 1991 as amended.

Eze stated that the accused did willfully and unlawfully damaged property later erected on the said land by one Bonaventure Ezekwenna.

He further claimed that Okaa did forcibly enter into the property with Survey plan number GEO-B/AN425/2021 which was in actual and peaceable possession by one Ezekwenna.

The prosecutor claimed that the duo had tricked Nzube that several deaths in her lineage was because of their place of abode reason for the making her surrender the title document.

After listening to charge leveled against him, Olufemi Salako said he was not guilty to all the charges and applied for bail through his counsel, Mrs Christy Ndife.

Eze, the prosecutor, however said the court should be mindful of the danger of granting bail to Olufemi Salako, saying “the second accused person is from Republic of Benin and could jump bail”.

Chief Magistrate, Ken Nwoye after listening to the amended five count-charge however granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N1.5 million and one surety who must be a native of Nnobi.

Nwoye before adjourning the matter to July 28 for definite hearing added that both the prosecutor and clerk of the court must verify the address of the surety.

The further stated that the matter would be adjourned every other Friday subsequently after the July 28 date.

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