IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
HOLDEN AT ABUJA
THIS FRIDAY, THE 29TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2017
BEFORE: HON. JUSTICE ABUBAKAR IDRIS KUTIGI – JUDGE
SUIT NO: CR/50/10
BETWEEN:
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

………………………..PLAINTIFF

AND
ALHAJI ABDULWAHEED POPOOLA …………………….DEFENDANT

JUDGMENT
The defendant was arraigned on an Amended seven count charge of obtaining the
sum of N2, 050, 000.00 (Two Million, Fifty Thousand Naira) by false pretence
contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Other Related
Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act; Forgery of
Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Offer of Terms of Grant/Conveyance
of Approval of Statutory Right of Occupancy dated 2nd September, 1996; forgery
of Revenue Collector’s Receipt dated 21st August, 1996 and forgery of Acceptance
of Offer of Grant of Occupancy within the Federal capital Territory, Abuja dated
2nd September, 1996 contrary to Section 363(1) of the Penal Code Act Cap. 532
Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) and punishable under Section 364 of
the same Act, and using as genuine the above mentioned forged documents
contrary to Section 366 of the Penal Code Act Cap. 532 Laws of the Federation
of Nigeria (Abuja) and punishable under Section 364 of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
In proof of its case, the prosecution called four (4) witnesses. I will here
summarise the essence of their evidence. PW1 is Augustine Olowonihi Shola.
He is a Deputy Detective Superintendent with EFCC and his schedule of duty
include investigating cases minuted to his team. In this case, a petition written by
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