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Scam Master EFCC secures order to re-arrest serial fraudster

A man who defrauded a land seeker to the tune of N220 million has been ordered arrested by court in Abuja.

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The suspect, Victor Ochala play

The suspect, Victor Ochala

(EFCC)

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A man described as a serial scammer, Victor Ochala, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), after the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, ordered his arrest.

The president of the court, Justice A. R Mohammed, issued the bench warrant for the arrest of Ochala, whose continued absence in court has been stalling his arraignment for offences bordering on forgery and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

According to the body, Ochala had earlier been arraigned and after securing the agency's administrative bail, had been elusive, forcing the court to adjourn severally.

At the sitting the forced the judge to issue the warrant, Ochala was again absent, and counsel to EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, urged the court to issue an arrest warrant against the accused to enable the prosecution bring him before the court.

However, Ochala's counsel, F.U Okolo, apologized to the court for the absence of the defendant.

"I was in touch with the accused yesterday who during our conversation gave me assurance that, he would be in court today. But, I am yet to see him."

After listening to the arguments of both counsel, Justice Mohammed ordered the arrest of the accused person and adjourned to January 25, 2016 for his arraignment.

Ochala had allegedly conspired with others to defraud a complainant to the tune of N220 million under the guise of securing government houses that were allegedly meant for sale.

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