9th July, 2010
For allegedly duping 42 prospective tenants of money running into millions of naira in Lagos, an estate agent, Raheed Ajayi, has been arraigned before the Ikeja Magistrateâ€™s Court, Lagos. He was accused of obtaining money under false pretence.
The police charged the accused with 84-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretence of renting houses for 42 people seeking accommodation.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the victims initially thought he was a genuine agent but later discovered that he was fake and reported him to the police who arrested him.
Some of the charges against him include collection of various sums of money under the guise of renting houses to his victims but refusing to provide them houses.
Count one of the charge reads: â€œThat you, Rasheed Ajayi, and others now at large between 10 September, 2009 and 29 May, 2010 at Ajegunle, Apapa, in the Lagos Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit, obtaining and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, cap 321, vol. II, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
Court two reads: â€œThat you Rasheed Ajayi between 2 March and 1 April, 2010 at 3, Idi Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did obtain the sum of N230,000 from Jonathan Chime with the pretence of letting one-room self contained apartment to him which you did not and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 31, Vol. II, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
He pleaded not guilty to the 84-count charge and was granted bail in the sum of N8 million with two sureties in like sum by the magistrate, Mrs. T. A. Elias.
The mater has been adjourned till 11 August, 2010 for hearing.