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Agent docked for allegedly scamming prospective property owner N2.5m

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An estate agent, Ismaila Opeyemi, 37, who allegedly obtained N2.5million under false pretences over the sale of a house, on Friday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Opeyemi, whose address was not provided, was standing trial for conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, fraud and threatening violence.

The prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometimes between Sept. and Oct. 2019, at Oshodi, Lagos.

Emuerhi said that Opeyemi and some others at large, collected the amount from Mr Ndubuisi Ezeah as part-payment for the sale of a house located at No. 4, McCarthy Lane, Anthony Village, Oshodi.

The prosecutor said that the defendant collected the money knowing full well that the house was not his and that the owner had not given him authority to sell.

He also said that the defendant deceived and cheated one Mr Joseph Onuorah and Mr Amos Orakposimi by negotiating with them that the said house, which belonged to Mr Raimi Eyiowuawi, was for sale.

“The defendant also threatened the life of the complainant, Mr Ndubuisi Ezeah, for daring to ask for a refund of his money, when the bottom fell out in the agreement.

“The case was reported at a police station, and efforts by the police to locate his whereabouts failed, until information was received on his hideout,” he told the court.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Sections 56(1), 314, 323 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat granted him N200, 000 bail, with two sureties in like sum.

Amzat adjourned the case until Feb. 2020, for mention.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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