11th February, 2011
A developer and estate agent, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo, 38 residing on 8, Aromire Street, Lagos Island,Â South-West Nigeria, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrateâ€™s Court, Ebute-Metta, forÂ allegedly defrauding over 100 prospective tenants.
P.M.NEWS gathered that between 16 September, 2010 and 7 January, 2011, Adetayo collected a total sumÂ of N13.5m from about 100 accommodation seekers on a mini-flat located on 5, Ogundare Street , Oke-OdoÂ in Agbado- Oko-Odo Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.
The developer, who operates under the name, Solid Rock Properties, was arraigned before the court on aÂ 103-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, stealing and fraud.
Count one of the charge reads: â€œThat you, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo and others at large between 16Â September, 2010 and 7 January, 2011, at various locations within the Lagos magisterial district didÂ conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: obtaining money under false pretences andÂ stealing a total sum of N13,538,000 from intending tenants for an unavailable apartment and therebyÂ committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. II, Laws ofÂ Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
Count two of the charge reads: â€œThatÂ you, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo and others at large at the same time,Â date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, with intent to defraud, did advertise for rent aÂ mini-flat on 5, Ogundare Street , Oke-Odo, Ile-Epo Bus Stop, Lagos, and did print a receipt of SolidÂ Rock Properties being in acknowledgement ofÂ payment of various sums of money from over 100 peopleÂ under false representation and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of theÂ Criminal Code,Â Cap. C.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was not represented by any counsel when the case wasÂ mentioned.
Chief Magistrate P.A.Ojo, the presiding magistrate, admitted him on bail in the sum ofÂ N500,000, withÂ two sureties. He ordered that the addresses of the sureties and evidence of livedlihood must beÂ verified. One of the sureties, he added, must be a blood relation of the accused.
The prosecutor, Barrister A. O. Fadipe, from the Legal Department, State Criminal InvestigationÂ Department, Yaba, Lagos, did not object to the bail, saying the bail would afford the accusedÂ opportunity to look for money to pay his victims.
The case has been adjourned till 4 April, 2011.
â€”Paul Sanusi and Abosede Agboola