Shock As Lagos Landlord, Developer And Agents Defraud 66 Accommodation Seekers Of N16m

In line with a report by Punch Metro, over 66 potential tenants have been thrown into confusion as the owner, Olatunji Joseph, in connivance with a developer, Aderonke Olaleye, and different allegedly yet-to-be recognized brokers swindled them of over N16m. The cash was meant as rents for 5 flats in a newly-constructed one-storey constructing at No. 11 Abeni Shut, Asa Property, within the Gbagada space of Lagos State.

It was gathered that Joseph had contracted Olaleye to redevelop his bungalow right into a one-storey constructing, however whereas development was ongoing, some brokers had been informed that flats within the constructing had been out there for hire and an commercial was positioned on two web sites to draw potential lodging seekers.

Whereas some intending tenants, by among the brokers, allegedly paid into Olaleye’s accounts, others had been mentioned to have initiated their fee after contacting Olaleye and her confederate by the numbers listed within the commercial.

After the funds had been confirmed, it was learnt that the possible tenants had been issued receipts and knowledgeable that some ending touches needed to be utilized on the constructing earlier than they may transfer into the flats.

Nonetheless, the matter took a brand new twist when the variety of folks claiming to have paid to safe lodging within the constructing exceeded the variety of flats out there for hire.

One of many victims, Peace Goodluck, who lamented that over 66 lodging seekers had been defrauded to the tune of over N16m, mentioned that Olaleye, who had gone into hiding ever because the fraud was uncovered, had remained unreachable.

The banker mentioned, “I and my fiancé wanted a much bigger house so, we met the proprietor of the home, Mr Joseph, and he launched Olaleye to us as his youthful sister and agent. The owner assured us that we had been free to cope with her and we agreed to pay N400,000 for one of many mini flats within the constructing.

“On Might 30, we paid N190,000 into Olaleye’s account and made an extra fee of N120,000 later. We turned involved when the home was not accomplished on the date that Olaleye gave us, however after we complained, she informed us to return again on Monday, July 15.

“We had been shocked after we met plenty of folks claiming that they’d additionally paid for lodging in the identical home after we acquired there. Olaleye used completely different account numbers to commit the crime; greater than 66 individuals have paid over N16m for the 5 flats.

“Olaleye is nowhere to be discovered and he or she has been unreachable because the fraud was uncovered. The owner has been denying involvement within the crime, however among the cash was deposited in his account.”

A youth corps member serving within the state, Blessing Eniola, mentioned she paid N500,000 into Olaleye’s account for a two-bedroom flat, however was denied entry to the flat.

One other sufferer, Bisola Quadri, who noticed the commercial on-line, alleged that an agent, one Yusuf, connived with Olayeye and Joseph to defraud her.

The Lagos State indigene mentioned, “About three weeks in the past, I noticed the advert on an internet site and contacted Yusuf, who informed me to fulfill him in Akoka and from there, we went to the home, the place I met with Olaleye and Joseph. I paid N250,000 for a mini flat into Olaleye’s account and travelled to Abuja.

“When the fraud was found, I wasn’t round, however Yusuf knew about the entire situation and saved disturbing me to pay the steadiness of N180,000. I paid N80, 000 to Olaleye and N100,000 to Yusuf.

“So after I got here again to Lagos, I visited the home and met different victims, who informed me in regards to the fraud. Yusuf stopped choosing my calls, however by the assistance of different victims, we had been capable of set him up and compelled him to refund my N100,000.”

One other sufferer, Ifeanyi Onwuama, mentioned Joseph was arrested, charged to court docket and remanded in jail.

He said that the home must be bought and the proceeds used to refund the victims of the fraud.

The businessman said, “We now have too many individuals concerned on this case; households have been crying; {couples}, who’re about to get married and wish to transfer into the home, have been traumatised. In truth, harmless individuals are nonetheless falling sufferer as a result of the advert continues to be operating on and

“We now have tried to tell the administration of those web sites by their social media handles to tug the advert down however they’ve but to reply. What we wish the federal government to do is to place the home up on the market in order that we are able to get better our cash.”

Joseph’s youthful brother, Wale, mentioned his brother was only a sufferer, who acquired outsmarted by Olaleye, who was contracted to develop the property.

When requested in regards to the potential tenants’ cash present in Joseph’s account, Wale mentioned, “Few people paid into his account and he immediately transferred the money to Olaleye’s account; the records are in the bank for confirmation. He has never defrauded anybody, the property belongs to us and Olaleye,  being a developer introduced to us by a friend, contracted to develop parts of the property.”


Efforts to get a response from Olaleye proved abortive as a number of calls made to her phone line rang out. She had but to reply to a textual content message despatched to her relating to the allegation as of the time of submitting this report.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said that Joseph connived with Olaleye to defraud the possible tenants, including that he had been arrested and charged to court docket, whereas the command had launched a manhunt for Olaleye with a view to arresting her.

Elkana mentioned, “About 46 victims were defrauded and when the matter was charged to court, more victims stepped forward. The victims were swindled of over N15m and it is a connivance between the landlord and the developer. Both the landlord (Joseph) and developer (Olaleye) were charged to the court, but the developer is still on the run. We are on her trail.”

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