Police arraign estate agent over alleged N10m fraud

A self-acclaimed estate agent, Durojaiye Adetimi, has been arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, for allegedly obtained the sum of N10 million, by false pretence from one Olatunde Egbesola.

Durojaiye who is said to be a Personal Assistant (PA) to a Commissioner in Lagos State, was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Saliu Saidu on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence, by the men of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.

The defendant  was alleged to have committed the offences, which are contrary to  8(a), 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under 1(3) of the same Act, sometimes in June, 2017.

To perpetrate the alleged offences, the prosecutor, Mr. Tijjani Williams, in a charge marked FHC/147c/2020, told the court that the defendant and others now at large, sometimes in 2007, fraudulently obtained the sum of N10 from the fraud victim, Olatunde Egbesola, by falsely presented to him that he wanted to redevelop his family house located at 10, Ojora Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The defendant has however, denied the allegations. And has been admitted to bail with some terms and conditions.

At the resumed hearing of the matter today, defendant’s counsel, Mr. Layi Dawodu, told the court that all efforts to get the charge’s proof of evidence from the prosecutor did not yield desire result.

He therefore asked the court for an adjournment to enable him get the proof of evidence from the prosecutor.

However, the presiding judge, Justice Saidu, while conceded to the counsel request, chastised him for absence from court severally after his client’s plea was taken.

Meanwhile, the matter has been adjourned till February 25, defendant’s trial.

Charges against the defendant reads: “that you Durojaiye Adetimi ‘M’ and others now at large on or about sometimes in June, 2017, at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspired among yourselves to commit felony to wit: Obtaining Money by False Pretence and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006. 

“That you Durojaiye Adetimi ‘M’ and others now at large on or about sometimes in June. 2017 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, while acting as a agent to one Olayinka ldowu did fraudulently obtained the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10. 000.000.00) from one Olatunde Egbesola “m’ under the pretext that you wanted to redevelop your family property at No. 10, Ojora Close Victoria Island, Lagos, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Advance Fraud Related Offences Act No. 4 of 2006”.

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