The Fraud Awareness Coalition (FAC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the operations of Promiseland Estate and make its discoveries public.
According to a press release issued on Wednesday by the group’s convener, Saminu Waziri, the FAC has received numerous reports and grievances from several people who had invested in the company
The activist wondered why the anti-graft agency was yet to take definite actions on the real estate company based in Abuja despite receiving a number of petitions over the years.
Waziri stated that the failure of relevant government institutions to fulfil their obligations by being proactive and ensuring justice will only “create an environment where anything goes”.
“Residents and law enforcement agencies know about this matter. One of the land promoters was prosecuted by former FCT Minister Nasir El-Rufai back in 2003 for alleged fraud, a case that contributed to the setting up of EFCC’s Land Fraud Unit,” he noted.
“The promoters are unfortunately still on the prowl in connivance with FCT officials and some agencies. We are aware that they are using a company to advertise Promiseland Estate with billboards at prime locations in Abuja, including Kugbo District.
“During the previous leadership of the FCT Ministry, a portion of land alloted to Sunrise Estate Development Ltd., over two decades ago by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), was controversially allocated to Praco Nigeria International Ltd.
“Following the departure of the former FCT Minister from office, the rightful ownership of the land in question was restored. It is curious that all these are happening even with an existing court order against this company.
“We hereby request the EFCC to save innocent and unsuspecting citizens from further losses by conducting a thorough study of the petitions submitted to it involving Promiseland Estate and its owners.
“We further call on all complainants in Abuja and other parts of the country to visit EFCC offices as soon as possible with proofs that would assist detectives to do a thorough investigation.
“The Fraud Awareness Coalition also appeal to prospective land buyers to ensure due diligence by carrying out a detailed background check on companies before parting with their hard-earned money,” the statement added.
Source: The Guardian