A landlord, Alhaji Ishola Salawudeen, who allegedly duped over 106 prospective tenants in Alapere, Ketu has been charged to court by the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
Salawudeen, who is the landlord of the building at 59, Oriola Street, Alapere, Ketu, in Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, allegedly duped the tenants under false pretence of renting the 13 mini-flat apartments to the tune of about N50 million.
After collecting the huge amount, he allegedly issued receipts to each of them and promised to hand over the keys to the unsuspecting victims. But they later discovered that they had been duped when they went for the keys to their new apartments.
The 46-year old Salawudeen is facing a 211-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing under the Criminal Code.
When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty, but he revealed in court that it will be difficult for the victims to get their money back because his accomplices who were involved in the scam got their share and ran away.
The prosecutor, Mr G. O. Osuji opposed the bail application by his counsel, Barrister Babatunde Adeyobi, on the ground that he may likely jump bail because of the weight of evidence before the court and that he is likely to be jailed if found guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs S. O. Solebo, however, granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, and ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody at Ikoyi, Lagos before adjourning the matter till 9 September, 2013.