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Property: Judge withdraws from developer’s trial amid pressure

The judge of the FCT High Court in a case of alleged property fraud against a developer, Cecil Osakwe, has withdrawn from the case, citing…

The judge of the FCT High Court in a case of alleged property fraud against a developer, Cecil Osakwe, has withdrawn from the case, citing external pressure.

 Justice Mohammed Idris had remitted the case file, brought by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, to the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court for advice.

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 The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had filed the two-count charges against Osakwe following a petition by Asabe Waziri claiming that his company, Abeh Signature Apartments collected N130m without delivering possession to her.

 But in a letter to Malami by counsel to Osakwe, Victor Giwa, the company advised him not to allow his “highly regarded” office to be used to defame his client who is an honest businessman.

 Giwa said the repossession of the two units of the two-bedroom apartment at Mekong Close, Maitama, Abuja, priced at N130m each, for which the staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was granted possession after a part payment of N140m, was due to her “violation of the covenants of the apartment.”