Octogenarian in land scam trial threatens to sue victim

Octogenarian in land scam trial threatens to sue victim

Monday, April 18, 2016 10:42 am


Pa Ajidahun leaving the court

Pa Ajidahun leaving the court

By Cyriacus Izuekwe

An Octogenarian facing trial at Igbosere Magistrate’s court over a  N40m land scam threatened to sue the  victim  for N200m for taking  him to court and the newspapers for reporting the scam.

Pa Adeola Ajidahun made the threat in the open court provoking laughter.

Ajidahun, was charged with defrauding Kehinde Ola to the tune of N30m under the false pretence of selling some plots of land at the  Lekki  resettlement scheme in Lagos. In another court, the old man also faces a separate charge  for defrauding Tony Ezeoke to the tune of N10m under the same false pretence.

His arrest followed a petition by Ola to Police Special Fraud Unit after Ola discovered that the land  sold to him belonged to another family.

The land Ajidahun  also sold to Ezeoke did not belong to him because the place was earmarked for road by the Lagos State government.

After the investigation, the police charged Ajidahun. He was remanded in prison custody when he could not fulfil the bail condition.

Pastor Felix Fadare

Pastor Felix Fadare

When the matter last came up, the presiding Magistrate,  Mrs A.O. Owogboro referred the case  to Alternative Dispute Resolution for  resolution.

It was after Magistrate Owogboro made the order  that  Ajidahun flared  and threatened to sue the complainants

The 88-year old  Ajidahun who had earlier taunted the complainants  that he will soon die and they will not recover their  money threatened that he might not show up at ADR for settlement .

Ajidahun was not the only person involved in the alleged land scam.

Pastor  Felix Fadare of the Redeemed Church of God was also arrested and charged with Ajidahun.

The court adjourned the matter for 31 May  for report of ADR which comes up on 18 and 19 May.

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