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EFCC docks ‘Omonile’ fraudster for land scam, stealing, forgery

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has arraigned one Olalekan Bello [above] before Justice Lateef Lawal -Akapo of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja, on a two count charge bordering on stealing and forgery.

Bello was arrested following a petition by one Owolabi Olusegun who claimed that he had been hoodwinked to part with N6 million for a parcel of land in Iroko Estate, Idimu, Lagos State.

Count one of the charge reads: ‘’Olalekan Bello on or before the 30th December 2013, at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, stole the sum of N6,000,000.00 (six million naira only) property of Olusegun Owolabi.’’

“Olalekan Bello sometime in the year 2014 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division made a false document to wit: “A Deed of Assignment between Mr. John D. Franks & Mrs Olanrewaju Titilayo Franks and Mr. Owolabi Olusegun Olufemi” with intent that it may be acted on as genuine to the prejudice of Mr. Owolabi Olusegun Olufemi.”

Bello pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, his counsel Kayode Ademuwagun prayed the court to grant his client bail. However, counsel to the EFCC, Zainab Ettu asked the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and to fix a date for hearing. 

JusticeLawal- Akapo adjourned the case to December 2, 2015 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

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