Judge goes to prison for defrauding the public

An area court judge, Umar Gwani has been remanded in prison by a Federal High Court sitting in Gombe State.

The accused judge appeared before the Federal High court on a four-count charge of alleged fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) had accused Gwani of collecting money from the public through false pretense and conspiracy.

Zarami Mohammed- the EFCC counsel, on Friday, revealed to the court that the judge colluded with two others to sell plots of land belonging to Gombe State government to the public through false pretense.

Mohammed also noted the fact that Uwani failed to contact the Ministry of Land and Survey and Local Government Area before selling the plots of land to the public.

He said after defrauding the public, Uwani subsequently denied receiving payments for the eight or nine plots sold for N7 million.

After the court session, his counsel, Mukaan Kingsley, said that he was surprised to see that the listed count charges were different from what transpired in court.

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