It is the end of the road for two fraudsters who specialize in using names of dead people to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The alleged criminals after they were caught
Two men have been arrested by officers of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly using the name of a dead Surveyor to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians, according to a report by NewsTelegraph.
It was gathered that the suspects identified as Moses Ayodele and Oluwatobi Ononuga, were arraigned at Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ogudu, for impersonation, forging of stamp and seal belonging to the late surveyor.
They conspired with others still at large, to commit felony to with impersonation and forgery, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.
Ayodele and Ononuga were also accused of forging a stamp and seal belonging to a deceased registered surveyor, late Victor Okolo to prepare counterfeit survey plans to unsuspecting members of the public, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 365 subsection (1) of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.
However, a petition signed by Barrister Shamsideen Olaleye, who acted as solicitors to Gracias Property and Sylvia Property, claimed that Ayodele presented himself as a registered surveyor to their companies and they have had him on the list of the companies’ consultants as one of the companies registered surveyors.
According to the petition, Ayodele has drawn many survey plans for many individuals who had purchased landed properties from the companies without any of them suspecting that the survey plans were fake.