RECENT COMPLAINTS & ITS RESOLUTIONS
RE: CASE OF FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING MONIES TOTALLING N26MILLIOIN FROM 129 PROSPECTIVE TENANTS FOR A 6 – UNIT ACCOMODATION
A petition dated 26th November, 2012 was received in respect of property at No 3, Church Close, Ajao Estate, Lagos
One Alhaji Abdullahi Ayobami Oseni was arrested for fraudulently obtaining money totalling N26 million naira from about One hundred and thirty(130) prospective tenants, on the pretext that the 6-unit Room and Parlour self-contained apartment would be let out to them on completion,
Since the number of apartments he had to let out were six (6) units, it simply means that the apartment cannot go round all the people he collected money from, and he was unable to refund those that did not get apartment.
The matter was reported at State Criminal Investigation Bureau (SCIB) Panti Police Station, and was eventually charged to court. The suspect was granted bail on very strict bail conditions, which is yet to be met.
Presently, trial has commenced at the Chief Magistrate Court 8, Botanical Garden, Ebute-Metta and as at today, one of the victims has completed his evidence in chief, he is awaiting cross-examination by the Defence Counsel.
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday 26th March, 2013 while the fraudster is still in detention.
UNLAWFUL WITHOLDING OF ACCOMODATION FEE:
Two petitions dated 19th December, 2012 from Mr Adeyemo Abimbola and 2nd January, 2013 from Mr & Mrs Fapounda were received in respect of a property at No 14 Olatubosun Street, beside C.A.C Oke-Ayo, Omojuwa Estate, Kosofe, Lagos.
In the petitions, Mr Chijioke-Landlord was accused of unlawfully withholding rents belonging to the petitioners totalling N450, 000.
The parties were invited to a fact-finding meeting. It was discovered at the meeting that the petitioners rented two apartments which got flooded during the raining season. It was so bad that the petitioners could not continue to live in the apartment, and the Petitioners decided to vacate the premises.
At the time Petitioners were vacating, they demanded a refund of their un-utilised rent and the Respondent (Landlord) agreed to refund them at an agreed date but failed to do so. At the meeting the Landlord re-instated his commitment to refund and had since been doing so instalmentally. To date, he had refunded Mr Adeyemo Abimbola leaving a balance of N125,000. He would refund that of Mr & Mrs Fapohunda after he had finished paying Mr Adeyemo.
FRAUDULENT COMPLAINT REGARDING PROPERTY AT 98 ORILE-AGEGE ROAD, BY RASHEEDAT AKINPELU:
Another petition dated 28th November, 2012 was received in respect of a property located at No. 98 Orile Road, Orile-Agege, Lagos.
In the petition, Chief Waheed Awoyemi (a.k.a Ajayi Ibe) Akogun of Orile Agege and Chief Sina Awoyemi were named as the owners of the property.
The petitioners mentioned that Mrs Rasheedat Akinpelu of Road 23, House 3 Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos was the Developer of the property. She was alleged to have fraudulently obtained money from forty-three (43) complainants at different rates as rent, before it was discovered that it was a scam.
The matter is presently assigned to Magistrate Court II, Ikeja, Lagos and had been adjourned to the 31st day of May, 2013.
FRAUD PERPETUATED BY THE STRONG HOME AGAINST PROPOSED TENEANTS:
Petitions dated 26th and 28th February, 2013 were forwarded to this office on 8th March, 2013 from the office of Attorney General of Lagos State.
The petition was signed by about seventy-two (72) complainants, and the complaints is against an Estate Agency company, Strong Homes, Developers of properties situated at No 13, Bashiru Street, Ojodu and 18, Jide Taiwo Street. Ojodu, Berger, Lagos.
The developers Strong Homes collected advance rents from these complainants, issued receipt with assurance that they would be given possession when the development is completed.
At the time possession was to be taken, the complainants approached Strong Homes properties, and to their dismay, the Developers had eloped, leaving them at their own mercies. Later, one of the Agent used in perpetuating this fraud was arrested and presently being interrogated by S.F.U. (State Fraud Unit) at Alagbon, Lagos.
REFUSAL OF ABE USMAN TO REFUIND N250,000 (UNUTILIZED RENT ) TO HAPPINESS NWEKE:
Miss Happiness Nweke from Gbenga Ismail & Co complained against Mr Abe Usman, owner of a bungalow at Ogudu, Lagos. The Lady paid N 250,000 for a room at No 10 Samuel Street, Ogudu, Lagos. The Lady moved some of her belongings into the apartment and started doing some renovations preparatory to moving in.
The Lady got to the house, on a certain day, met her things at the passage/corridor while another person (tenant) had occupied the room she had paid for and spent her money to renovate. The matter was reported at Area H Police Station Ogudu and the Landlord issued a post-dated cheque for the refund of her rent.
At the time the cheque was to be cashed, the Landlord called the lady not to present the cheque, that he would pay her cash of N250,000 at a certain date. The Landlord failed to redeem the cheque, hence, the Lady complained at LASRETRAD.
This office intervened by calling the Landlord, and just when necessary legal action was about to be instituted against him, he refunded her N250,000 to her on Friday 15th March, 2013.
OFFICIAL COMPLAINT OF THE ILLEGAL DEMOLITION & DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY BY BAALE AJEWOLE OF ODO-OGUN NEW ESTATE, THOMAS LANIYAN, IRAWO:
Mr Samuel Oladayo Fasakin of 6A Abiodun Lasaki Crescent, Anthony, Lagos also complained against Chief Yahaya Hassan, the Baale of Odo-Ogun. Baale’s Palace, Odo-Ogun, New Estate, Thomas Laniyan, Irawo.
The complaint is in respect of the demolition of his building on two plots of land purchased from the Baale’s father many years ago.
The Baale has been invited and he has expressed his willingness to honour the invitation.