OYO State: EFCC Arraigns Suspected Land Racketeer for Land Scam

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Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, June 23, 2017 arraigned one Ayinde Toafeek before Justice A. A. Gbolagunte of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence contrary to section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.

However, Toafeek pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Festus Ojo prayed the court for a trail date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. While the Defense counsel, I. A. Alli moved for the hearing of the bail application dated 15 June 2017 before the court.

Ojo however, opposed the bail application on the ground that the defendant had earlier breached the conditions of his administrative bail by evading prosecution.

Justice Gbolagunte, after listening to both counsels adjourned to 29 June 2017 for ruling on the bail application and thereafter ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

A petition on which the defendant is being arraigned alleged that sometimes in June, 2016, the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of Two Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N2,400,000.00) from him after deceiving him that he was the genuine owner of two plots of land situated at Kolobo, Alagbede village, Ibadan Oyo State.

According to the petitioner, it was after he had put up a structure to roofing level that the rightful owner of the land came and arrested him. It was at this stage that he was informed that he had bought the land from the wrong person and all efforts to get his money back from Toafeek had been abortive, hence the petition.

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