An estate agent and a landlord’s son have been arraigned before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s court for allegedly conspiring and renting a bedroom and sitting room apartment at 9 Olorunwa Street Shasha, Lagos to 50 prospective tenants at the same time.
36-year old Adedoyin Agboola was arrested and charged for deceiving the prospective tenants to give him N10 million on the pretence of renting out the apartment to them.
According to him, he contacted his friend, who is a developer, to build the apartment on certain conditions, but was not aware he collected such amount from the victims.
Agboola claimed he only knew about the incident when the victims came to his house and started fighting over the apartment.
“When I tried to contact my friend who developed the place, I discovered he had fled,” Agboola said.
His aged mother, Mrs Maria Adedoyin also alleged that the developer of the house, whom she identified as Tolu Johnson, betrayed the family by defrauding the people.
Agboola was charged with a 70-count felony, obtaining under false pretence and stealing under sections 409, 278 and 312 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011. Presiding Magistrate, Mrs M B Folami ordered that the matter be transferred to Lagos High Court, Ikeja for trial.