Hon. Justice K.N. Ogbonnaya of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Zuba, has remanded a woman identified as Princess Helen Abang, in Suleja Custodial Centre for faking ownership of 2-storey building of 6 units of three bedroom flats.
The woman who claimed to be the owner of the building located at Plot 70, Yaounde Street, Wuse Zone 6 in the Federal Capital Territory, also rented it out without the consent of the legal owner.
80-year-old owner of the house, Mrs Elizabeth Ego Olejeme reportedly got to know of the trespass in 2006 and had been battling to recover the properties without success until the trespasser was arrested on 7th November, 2022.
A bench warrant was issued for Abang’s arrest after she failed to show up in court two times.
Prosecuting lawyer, Abdulrasheed Sidi said;
“The accused rented other 5 flats of the 3-bedroom and used the proceeds to fight the widow from recovering the houses since 2006.
“She illegally trespassed on the property and has remained there till she was arrested on 7th November, 2022 and charged to Court.
“On 7th November when the case came up for hearing, she refused to show up , but was moving from office to office in order to frustrate the case.”
Abang, who was arrested on 7th November and has been in custody of Police until she was brought to Court on 22nd November, 2022, pleaded not guilty to the 7-count charge which was read out by the Hon. Justice Ogbonnaya.
The judge adjourned her bail application to 25th November, while the dates for substantive suit hearing have been slated for 13 to 15th December, 2022.