Ondo lawyer drags property developer to EFCC for alleged fraud
An Ondo-based legal practitioner, Ola Dan Ola, has dragged the Managing Director of Medaville Building Construction Company Limited, Ademola Akin-Benson before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud in a housing transaction.
The lawyer, who urged the EFCC to arrest and investigate the housing developer, said he collected a sum of N2 million from his client, Dr. S. Odedina, to sell allocation model housing units located at Alagbaka Area of Akure.
In a petition letter, dated August 31, 2022, obtained by The Guardian and titled: ‘Petition against obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversion, economic sabotage and financial misappropriation, the lawyer alleged that his client had deposited some building materials worth N10 million, which had been allegedly taken over by the suspect.
He also alleged that Akin-Benson introduced the project to his client in a letter he (Akin-Benson) personally signed/claimed to be the Managing Director of a construction company, having collaboration with the Federal Government.
“The suspect further claimed in the letter that he had collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and Federal Housing Authority Homes Ltd. Under this pretence, the prime suspect in person, Akin-Benson fraudulently obtained from our client the sum of N2 million,” he alleged.
Akin-Benson claimed to have for sale and allocation, model housing units, thus persuaded Odedina to part with an initial sum of N10, 000 application fee made through vide e-transfer to the account details provided by Akin-Benson.
The petition states: “It is our brief that on October 7, 2015, our client was also defrauded by Otunba Akinbenson to the tune of N2 million. This sum represents the purchase of a housing unit at Alagbaka as promoted and guaranteed by Otunba Akin-Benson. Our client used his First Bank account to transfer the said sum of N2 million into the suspect’s Zenith Bank. The grand criminal plot and fraudulent intention of Otunba Akin-Benson became exposed when the suspect, with the use of hoodlums and bulldozers, destroyed all building materials deposited at the allocated site by our client. Materials worth millions of naira were either destroyed or criminally converted by the suspect.”
However, Akin-Benson, denied the allegation, stressing that he was not involved in any fraudulent practices in the housing business.
“If anybody has an issue with me, such a person should come to our office and meet me so that we can discuss and sort things out. Let him come over to our office with evidence of payment and we will pay him back. He should go and report at the police station or appropriate quarters and they would investigate it,” he said.