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EFCC Arraigns Lagos Resident For N200million Fraud After Claiming He Could Cure HIV

Posted by Samuel on Thu 27th Jun, 2024 -

The accused, Alaka was arraigned on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on stealing, retention and dealing in sale of property subject to interim forfeiture.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called its initial prosecution witness, Odofin Adekunle Christopher, an investigator with the EFCC, in the case against Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka, an accused serial fraudster, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos.

The accused, Alaka was arraigned on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on stealing, retention and dealing in sale of property subject to interim forfeiture.

This was noted as an offence contrary to Section 32(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004.

According to the charge, sometime in July, 2021 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the  Honourable Court, and without due authorisation, the accused did sell and disposed off a newly renovated story building situated at No. 22, PSSDS Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Lagos.

The building in question was noted was still a subject of forfeiture vide a valid court order.

Another of the counts read that : "Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka, sometime in July, 2021, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court at Lagos, did obtain and retain the total sum of N200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) only from the fraudulent sales of a newly renovated stores building situated at No. 22, PSSDS Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Lagos, which you knew to be subject of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence".

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, N. K. Ukoha, had asked the court for a trial date and that the accused be remanded at a correctional facility.

Counsel to defendant, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, earlier informed the court of the bail application of his client.

Consequently, Justice Dada had adjourned the matter till June 26, 2024 for the commencement of trial.

It was also alleged that In the course of investigating the case, the proceeds of fraud were reasonably traced to five (5) properties of the defendant.

They are: a newly renovated storey building with boys’ quarters situated at No. 22, PSSDC Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Estate, Lagos; an uncompleted block of flats located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; an uncompleted Event Centre named Alaka Event Centre located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; a newly renovated filling station named Alaka Oil and Gas located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos, and a vast land located at Ashipa Town, Shiun, Abeokuta, Ogun State, which is used as a shrine to deceive the complainant to part with her hard-earned resources".

Investigations revealed that the defendant and two others defrauded one Julieth Bright of over N200million on the pretext that they could cure her of HIV disease.

He said the Commission, thereafter, approached the FHC Abuja, seeking temporary forfeiture of the properties.

He said: “Based on the Commission’s application, Justice A. I. Chikere of the FHC Abuja, on June 28, 2021, ordered the interim forfeiture of the five properties, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

"While the investigation was still going on, the Commission received intelligence that the property at No. 22 PSSD, Magodo, Lagos State had been sold by the defendant, despite the court order and ongoing investigation.

"In view of this, the Commission invited the defendant on January 10, 2022, and cautioned him in the presence of his lawyer, Ali Apanisile.

“The cautionary word was interpreted to him and he made a statement through his lawyer.

"In that statement, he never denied owing this property; he never denied selling the property and he never denied the existing court order on the same property.”

The witness further told the court that during the investigation, one Olajide Kabiru Alayo was invited on March 18, 2024, to the Commission in Lagos, where he made statements in respect of the defendant regarding the sales of the property.

The witness further told the court that “Olajide Kabiru Alayo is Managing  Director of OOP Properties Finance. He bought the same property for his agent, Eniola Olowoshile. While Alayo was in the Commission, he submitted a letter of offer dated July 19, 2021, to the Commission from the defendant.

"He also brought the Deed of Assignment between the defendant and his client duly signed by the defendant.

“In addition, he brought twelve (12) photocopies of bank drafts: ten (10) UBA Bank drafts of N10million on each of them dated July 21, 2021; one (1) Zenith Bank draft of N10 million dated July 21, 2021 and one (1) Access Bank draft dated July 22, 2021. The person who received these bank drafts from Olajide Kabiru was Giwa Rasheed Babajide".

It was noted that the Commission, therefore, sent letters to UBA to furnish it with the account details of OOP Properties Finance.
"The investigation revealed that Olajide Kabiru Alayo is the sole signatory to this account.

“On July 22, 2021, a total of seventeen (17) banker cheques were raised from that account totalling N170 million in favour of Alaka Oil and Gas owned by the defendant.

The prosecution counsel showed some documents, including a Court order dated June 28, 2021, statements made by the defendant, Alayo’s statement, the Deed of Assignment, photocopy of bank drafts and the offer letter, to the witness for identification.

Justice Dada admitted all the documents in evidence as Exhibits P1 to P4.

The judge adjourned the matter till September 25, and October 3, 2024 for the continuation of trial.

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