Court Orders Arrest of Estate Agent For Defrauding 120 House Seekers

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Henry Ojelu

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Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja today issued a bench warrant against an estate agent, Ishola Salawudeen, who is accused of defrauding 120 prospective tenants of about N28 million.

Ipaye issued the warrant against Salawudeen, 43, for failing to appear before the court for his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the proceedings today, Salawudeen’s alleged accomplice, Babatunde Habeeb, was in court, prompting the judge to order his arrest.

She therefore ordered the police to arrest and produce Salawudeen before the court on 15 January 2015 for the arraignment of the defendants.

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The EFCC counsel, Mr Ben Ubi alleged that they collected various sums of money from accommodation seekers between May and December 2013 in Lagos.

Ubi said they obtained the money from the complainants under the guise of securing accommodation for them at No.59, Oriola St., Alapere, Ketu, a Lagos suburb.

He listed those swindled by the defendants to include Vincent Anthony, Adebunmi Damola, Rilwan Lawal and Azeez Ogundiran, among others.

Ubi said their offences contravened Sections 1(1) and 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006.

Salawudeen is also facing a similar charge before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of an Ikeja High Court where he is facing trial for allegedly defrauding one Mr Attah Ocholi of N320,000 under the pretext of helping him secure a two-bedroom apartment.

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