A retired Army Colonel has been sentenced to seven years in jail for allgedly duping a church of millions of naira over a land deal.
Colonel Okpala was arraigned on charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences, after he was alleged to have conspired with others and sold a parcel of land to Dominion City Church in 2008, for the amount, knowing that the land belonged to someone else.
It was while the church had begun developing the land that a lawyer came up to inform them that the land belonged to one Chief Philip C. Asiodu, and that they were building on it illegally.
The case was reported to the police and during investigations, it was discovered that the documents Colonel Okpala used in selling the land to the church were forged.
When the charges were read to him, Colonel Okpala pleaded guilty and Justice Yunusa duly handed him the sentence.