Estate agents remanded for defrauding 89 accommodation seekers of N55m

Justice Mauren Onyentenu of a Lagos Federal High Court, today, ordered the remand of two estate agents, Mufutau Ishola and Alimot Adenike Balogun, who were arraigned before her, for allegedly defrauding over 89 accommodation seekers to the tune of N55 million, in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services, till the hearing and determination of their bail applications.

The two estate agents were arraigned before Justice Onyentenu by the men of Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi-Lagos, on 90 counts charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

The prosecutor, Mr. Jaiyeola Oloruntoba, a Superintendent of Police (Supol) had told the court that the defendants committed the offences between May 2019 and June 2020.

He told the court that defendants and one Alhaja Mosurat Salawu, now at large, by false pretence, fraudulently obtained the said sum from the victims, under the pretence that they have different types of apartment at No. 6, Olasunu Street, by Golden Park Estate, Sangotedo Ajah, Lagos State, to let out.

Among those alleged defrauded by the defendants include: Amusat Sadiku; Eziafa Henry; Omotoyosi Olanrewaju;  Valentine Bahngong Inyang; Okafor Ifeoma Lilian; Omage Judith; Raphael Abilene; Ojo Yetunde Adedokun; Golden  Iruayenama; Gideon Onyebuchi Chilaka;  Chidima Onuoha; Courage Uko Simon and 76 others.

The offences committed by the defendants are contrary to sections 8(a) and punishable under section 1(3) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006. 

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the 90 counts charge and their lawyer, Mr. Jibril Jijil, told the court that he had filed their bail applications, while added that he needed time to file a further and better affidavits, in vie of the counter filed by the prosecution.

The prosecutor, Mr. Oloruntoba, while not opposed the defence counsel application.

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