A Patron of Man O’ War Nigeria, Prince Vincent Eborah has decried the increasing spate of land grabbing in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, saying he is on the verge of losing his plot to a “notorious” land racketeer operating in the capital city.
Briefing newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, Prince Eborah lamented that, since 2012, he has been struggling to reclaim his plot No 1044 Lugbe 1 Extension, following the insistence of the land racketeer to claim the said plot.
According to him, trouble started when some time in 2012, his attention was drawn to the fact that someone had begun construction work on the plot which he acquired for his sister in-law, Ebere Osakwe, in June 1998.
Upon making enquiries, Eborah said it was discovered that one Alhaji Mokiri Idris had allegedly forged the documents of the plot and had assumed ownership of the landed property.
The Man O’War chieftain said he was surprised by the discovery, and promptly petitioned the Inspector General of Police, who directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT to investigate the matter.
The Lugbe Police station was said to have carried out a thorough investigation and came up with verdict that the said land duly belonged to Osakwe, for whom Eborah bought the plot.
According to him, it was further established by the Lugbe Police Station that Alhaji Mokiri forged the documents of the land and sold it to a retired Assistant Inspector General, AIG, of Police, who later declined any dealings on the said plot upon hearing the result of police investigation.
But, according to Prince Eborah, Mokiri went and forged more documents and resold the plot to one Major James Tiav, said to be serving in Jos.
“Then I went to the military to find out Major Tiav’s location in Lafia barracks. There I was made to understand that there was no name like Major James Tiav in Nigerian Army Records.
“Alhaji Mokiri Idris also went to the site with some fake security boys in mufti, claiming to be the Deputy Security Officer to President Muhammadu Buhari and ordered the workers to commence work, not minding the stop work order placed by the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA,” he said.
According to him, the building has currently been roofed and work is still ongoing in spite of the ‘stop work order’ by the relevant authority.
He said Alhaji Mokiri appears to have defied all relevant authority, including the Police, FCDA, and even a popular radio programme that waded into the matter.
Eborah further said that all attempts to serve Alhaji Mokiri, an Abuja Magistrate Court summons proved abortive as he has no known fixed address to be served.

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