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CAC finds 189 fraudulent companies.

CAC finds 189 fraudulent companies.

At least 189 fake companies have been uncovered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

CAC claims these companies were used to secure land allocations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Registrar General of the commission, Hussaini Magaji, revealed this during a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Magaji stated that the discovery was made following a complaint from the Federal Capital Territory Administration to verify the status of a non-existing company seeking land allocation.

He added that two suspects, including a lawyer, have been apprehended, and a cartel involving staff of the Abuja Geographical Information System, lawyers, and the commission has been identified.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to inform the public that one of the major milestones achieved so far since I assumed office is our ability to bust a cartel or a link of individuals that are creating havoc for the commission.

“This cartel creates companies through collaboration with some lawyers claiming to be accredited agents of the commission and staff of the Abuja Geographical Information System to secure land allocations in the FCT, and we only knew about this crime after a complaint from the Federal Capital Territory Administration asking us to verify some applications made by some entities, which turned out to be non-existent on our system.

“With the information available to us, I gave a directive on the issue, and we have so far identified 189 fake companies used to secure land allocation in the FCT. We have also facilitated the arrest of two suspects.

Explaining their mode of operations, the CAC boss said the cartel maneuvered the land process to make their applications for land allocation priority over existing applications, aiding land fraud in the capital city.

He noted, “The nature of their crime is that they create fake entities through connivance with some lawyers claiming to be accredited agents of the commission and staff of the Abuja geographical information system and apply for land at the FCT, maneuvering their way to a priority application over existing applications in order to take over lands, and they have been quite successful before we discovered it.

“As of yesterday, we arrested two suspects, including a lawyer, and we are interrogating them to get more information and clamp down on other members of this cartel.

“In the course of our investigation and research, we found that the companies do not exist. And with the collaboration of security agents, we arrested a suspect, and by arresting him, he has volunteered some information, and from that, we have gotten a clue that something like this is happening, and we are working hard to stop this menace.”

Speaking further on the vision of the commission, the registrar-general promised to increase the commission’s revenue base by sanctioning companies that fail to disclose their annual returns, among other penalties.

He said that increasing its revenue base would enable the commission to perform its objective as a world-class commission.

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