“Less than a month after a developer at Iponri allegedly defrauded some house seekers of their money, another one, Mali Najeemdeen has been accused of a similar offence.”- The Nation
Najeemdeen was alleged to have fleeced about 74 victims of N50million under the guise of providing them accommodation at Ijeshatedo in Surulere.
The victims were said to have individually paid money to the suspect as rent a-two-storey building situated at 1, Bankole Street, off Adigun Street, Ijeshatedo, which was “under renovation.”
Trouble started September 28, when some of the victims billed to take possession couldn’t enter the apartments they paid for because multiple persons have been promised particular flats.
According to Samuel Chonkea he saw the developer as a religious person and never knew he could defraud others.
He said: “I did not know the developer would defraud us, because I saw him as a religious person. I paid him the money after inspecting the building and noticed that what is left was minor. I was asked to come back September 28 for the collection of my keys. But I could not make it there that fateful day.
“However, a friend of mine who lives on the street called that somebody was moving in and when I rushed down there, I was surprised that somebody has moved into my apartment. I was about leaving when the person who packed in came out.
“When I told him that I am the owner of the apartment, we engaged each other in a fight and I ran to Itire police station to report the incident. It was after I fought with the other tenant that I got to know that many people had been duped by the developer.
“I want the Lagos state commissioner of police to intervene in our matter, because the developer said nobody can prosecute him.”
Another victim, Isiaka Oluwatoyin said he paid N300, 000 for a mini flat in June, adding that he was also notified by a friend of the chaos in the property.
He said: “A friend of mine introduced the developer to me. After I had paid him he said I can move in by July ending. When my wife and I went, he told us to come back by September 28 that renovation was still ongoing.
“It was someone who called me that there was a crowd at the front of the building protesting that they had been duped by the developer. When I got to the scene, I saw people protesting and I also went straight to Itire police station not knowing that other people had been coming to make statements in respect of the developer.”
Uche Solomon, another victim, said he paid N450, 000 for a two-bedroom flat on September 14.
He said: “It was my colleagues in the office that introduced me to the developer. After inspecting the house and the apartment I wanted to move into, I transferred the money to him that same day and I was asked to pack into my apartment on September 29. To my surprise, I received a phone call that some people were protesting a day before.”
Source: The Nation