Dr. Theophilus Akachidelu Udeani, a lecturer with the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, was arraigned on a one count charge before Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu, for obtaining the sum of N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira ) under false pretences, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Enugu Zonal Office.
The lecturer reportedly sold two plots of lands, which he said were part of ASUU Lands at Isiagu Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw, Enugu to a professional colleague on the pretense that the said lands were not encumbered which turned out to be false.
EFFC’s counsel further disclosed that Udeani went further to authenticate his claim by giving the complainant an Irrevocable Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment for both lands, but however failed to take the complainant to the lands nor agreed to give her the Survey extract of the lands claiming there was a ban by the State Government on land.
Punch reported that Udeani, who is the Vice Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNEC Chapter, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him as his counsel informed the court of the death of his mother, seeking the leave of the court for him to attend the burial which prosecution counsel, Mike Ani did not object to.
The leave was granted by the presiding judge to the defendant, who will continue to enjoy the administrative bail earlier granted him by EFCC. He was also granted bail of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira Only) and one surety in like sum. The defendant’s surety according to the judge, must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, whose document relating to the land must be verified at the state ministry of lands.
The land case between the lecturer and his colleague has been adjourned to March 28th 2018, for trial.