Monday, September 28, 2015 12:43 pm
For allegedly defrauding more than 15 victims of over N100m on land scam in Lekki Resettlement Schemes in Etiosa Local government area, an 88-year old man has been arrested and charged before Igbosere Magistrate’s court with fraud in Lagos State Western Nigeria.
The Octogenarian, Pa Adeola Ajidahun was again arrested after he defrauded one Kehinde Ola to the tune of N30m under the false pretence of selling some plots of land at the same resettlement in Lagos. Ekiti-born Ajidahun was remanded in prison custody at Ikoyi pending when he will perfect his bail.
Ajidahun who resides at 89 Karimu Laka street, Egbeda area of Lagos, allegedly defrauded Ola after he convinced him with fake papers that the Lagos State government allocated some plots of land to him to sell in the area. He later took Ola to the parcel of land with his agent, Felix Olu Fadare.
Ola who did not suspect any foul play effected the payment for the land through his bank. Unknown to Ola, the land Ajidahun sold to him belong to another family in the area.
TheNEWS also gathered that Ola was not the only person Ajidahun allegedly defrauded. Another victim, Tony Ezeoke, was also defrauded to the tune of over N10m on the same land in the area. He sold Ezeoke the land marked by the state government as road leading to the area.
When Ola, who said Ajidahun deceived him with his age, discovered the fraud, he petitioned Anti-Special Fraud Unit, SFU of the Nigeria Police and Ajidahun was arrested and investigated. During the investigation, the police discovered that he had defrauded many other victims and was using a particular agent identified as Felix Olu Fadare now at large to defraud victims. Ajidahun was charged with conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence and stealing under the Criminal Code.
The prosecutor, Mr Boniface Asogwara alleged that Ajidahun conspired and obtained the money from Ola under the false pretence of selling plots of land at Lekki in Otiosa Local Government, Lagos. During the arraignment, it was discovered that other victims were also duped by Ajidahun who was in court.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs O.O. Oshin granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum. The court also ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of level 16 and must show evidence of tax clearance for three years.
He was remanded after his relations did not show up to facilitate his bail condition. The matter has been adjourned till October following the transfer of Oshin.