EFCC Press Release
EFCC Docks Man in Calabar for Stealing Late Justice Itam’s Abuja Property
The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned one Ikoi Ikpi Itam before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, on a four-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery and criminal conversion of property worth N12, 000, 000. 00 (Twelve million naira).
One Iniobong Udoh had alleged in a petition, that the defendant fraudulently sold a property at Plot/Parcel J. 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate, Abuja belonging to his (the defendant’s) late brother, late Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam.
Investigations revealed that, while the late Justice Itam was on secondment to the Republic of Gambia, he purchased two plots of land in Abuja (Plot/Parcel J. 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate Abuja and Plot No. 32 1(W) Road, 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate, Abuja) through his brother (the defendant). Upon the demise of his Lordship, the defendant, unsatisfied with the content of the last Will and Testaments of his late brother, transferred the title of the said properties to himself, forged Deed of Assignment of the said properties and sold one of them for N12m.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. In view of his plea, Joshua Abolarin prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The defence counsel, Nsikak Ekpeme however informed the court about the health condition of the defendant and applied by way of undertaking that, the defendant will be in his custody, pending the hearing of his bail application.
The court thereafter adjourned the matter till February 4, 2021 for hearing of bail application while the defendant was released to his counsel. Ekpeme who is to produce his client in count on the next adjourned date.
Head, Media & Publicity
26 January, 2021