Estate agent remanded in prison for defrauding 125 accommodation seekers of N25m


A Lagos State Magistrate Court sitting in Ebute-Meta, has ordered the remand of a 39- year old estate agent, Ibrahim Hamidi Ayinde for allegedly defrauding 125 persons under the pretense of providing them with an apartment.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs.  O.A Olagbende however ruled that the accused person should be remanded in Ikoyi prison for a week for failing to carry out court order.

Ayinde is standing trial on 125 count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

He however denied the charge preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

According to the Police prosecutor, Mrs. Clara Olagbayi, the defendant committed the offence at Agege, a suburb area in Lagos between May and July, 2017.

The prosecutor further informed the court that Ayinde collected the sum of N25 million from 125 (one hundred and twenty-five) people for a fourteen flat apartment in Agege.

Trouble started when the unsuspecting victims started bringing in their belongings after paying fully for the apartment and they met other persons there despite the fact that they were given a complete set of key to the house.

At the resumed proceedings, the defendant whose lawyer was absent in court informed the Magistrate that he has not carried out the court’s order because he got it late.

Earlier, Magistrate Olagbende had ordered that the defendant should evict the tenants in the house pending the conclusion of the matter in court, an order he had failed to obey.

Magistrate Olagbende who was not pleased with the defendant’s excuses, ordered his remand in prison custody for a week, after wish he will carried out the court order.

While pleading for mercy, Ayinde said he has started paying some of the complaints and he will finish paying them by May, 2019.

The Magistrate however disagree with him, insisting that he spend a week in Ikoyi prison saying, ” when you return, you will go and evict the tenants presently living in the house as ordered by the court”, Olagbende said.

She thereafter adjourned the matter till Thursday, April 11 for mention.

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