Over two hundred house seekers in Ketu, Kosofe local government area of Lagos state, have been allegedly defrauded of six-five million, seven hundred and two thousand naira by some a fake lanlord and developers.
A petition signed by one Oluwadare Seyi Michael on behalf of the house seekers and sent to Legit.ng, indicated that six people who disguised as landlord and developers to over 200 persons, collected rents from them and issued receipts to occupy about fifteen vacant apartments at No1, Karimu street, Off Oyebanjo ketu, Lagos state.
He said in the petition made available to Kosofe police post, the victims complained bitterly that nothing has been done to some of the alleged fraudster since their arrest, adding that the people fear the suspects would soon be released as usual to continue their trade.
Micheal also noted that several petitions was written by the victims to get justice and that a copy was sent to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, deputy governor, Kadiri Obafemi hamzat, the speaker, Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, the director of public prosecution, LASRAD, assistant inspector general of police, director of citizens rights, member House of Reps, representing Kosofe federal constituency, Rotimi Agunsoye.
See FULL petition below:
Petition of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing of sixty-five million, seven hundred and two thousand naira (N65,702,000.00) against Idowu Tesleem Alabi, Tunde Adewale (prince) and other co-fraudsters
"I, Oluwadare Seyi Michael, on behalf of two hundred and sixty-five persons (262) wish to humbly submit a petition against the above mentioned persons who disguised to over 200 persons as owners or developers of the property, collecting rents from all of them and issuing receipts, to occupy only about fifteen (15) vacant apartments at No1, Karimu street, off Oyebanjo ketu, Lagos state.
"The said persons had started collecting monies from the prospective tenants as far back as October 2018, with evidence of receipts and sometime agreement made to that effect. They continued to procrastinate on delivery of the apartment to the prospective tenants on the pretext that some renovation works were still on-going in the apartments/property.
"The said alleged fraudsters perpetuated their acts and concealed their nefarious activities working with; (1) Joseph, who acted as agent; (2) Usman Adebayo, who acted as the contractor making some renovation on the property; (3) Prince Tunde Adewale, who acted as the landlord’s son; and (4) Akeem, who also acted as an agent.
"Alhaji Teslim Idowu and Alhaji Kareem work under the guise of Ilufemiloye construction company, as receipts issued to the prospective tenants bear the said company name. However, monies were paid either in cash or into some designated account numbers.
"The said persons also were arranged, on an individual basis, that all the prospective tenants, from whom they have collected a cumulative sum of money amounting to over fifty million naira (N50,000,000), to come for the keys and handover of their apartments to them on Monday, June 24, 2019.
"It was at this point on the June 24, 2019, that an average of about 30 persons met one another at the door step of the about 15 apartments within the property. Surprisingly too, almost all the apartments have been occupied before the day set for the handover. It was gathered that the alleged fraudsters had been engaging in this practice for a long time.
Please find below details of the alleged fraudsters and their accomplices:
1. Alhaji Teslim Idowu
1, Karimu street, off Oyebanji Solarin street, Alapere, Lagos
GTBank account number 0262103406
2. Alhaji Kareem
4. Usman Adebayo
5. Prince Tunde Adewale
Diamond Bank account number 0107331493 (Savings)
"An arrest was made on one of the alleged fraudsters by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, for some time now and nothing has since been done to prosecute the matter.
"Also, please find attached a list of 262 victims of the said fraudsters, with their contact details and amounts duped each of them, for further information to aide investigation.
“I hereby request that you use your good offices to direct a team of investigators to conduct a comprehensive investigation on the entire alleged criminal activities in respect of the said prospective tenants and other fraudulent dealing of the perpetrators.
"It gathered that some of the victims took highly hypertensive microfinance bank , cooperative, Esusu, office loans to pay the alleged syndicate fraudsters for the accommodation."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that over three hundred residents/families of Victory Park Estate in Lekki, decried forceful eviction from their homes by the AMCON.
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