Developer Dupes 100 Tenants


A developer and estate agent, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo, 38 residing on 8, Aromire Street, Lagos Island,  South-West Nigeria, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Ebute-Metta, for  allegedly defrauding over 100 prospective tenants.

gathered that between 16 September, 2010 and 7 January, 2011, Adetayo collected a total sum  of N13.5m from about 100 accommodation seekers on a mini-flat located on 5, Ogundare Street , Oke-Odo  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 a  103-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, stealing and fraud.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo and others at large between 16  September, 2010 and 7 January, 2011, at various locations within the Lagos magisterial district did  conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: obtaining money under false pretences and  stealing a total sum of N13,538,000 from intending tenants for an unavailable apartment and thereby  committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. II, Laws of  Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Count two of the charge reads: “That  you, Alhaji Ganiyu Adetayo and others at large at the same time,  date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, with intent to defraud, did advertise for rent a  mini-flat on 5, Ogundare Street , Oke-Odo, Ile-Epo Bus Stop, Lagos, and did print a receipt of Solid  Rock Properties being in acknowledgement of  payment of various sums of money from over 100 people  under false representation and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the  Criminal Code,  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 was  mentioned.

Chief Magistrate P.A.Ojo, the presiding magistrate, admitted him on bail in the sum of  N500,000, with  two sureties. He ordered that the addresses of the sureties and evidence of livedlihood must be  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 Investigation  Department, Yaba, Lagos, did not object to the bail, saying the bail would afford the accused  opportunity to look for money to pay his victims.

The case has been adjourned till 4 April, 2011.

—Paul Sanusi and Abosede Agboola