A five-member gang of real estate scammers, who were about to fraudulently lease out someone else’s duplex in Lekki Phase 2 for the sum of N4.5 million, were on Wednesday, arrested at the point of exchange of money and keys.
The gang consists of; Abolade Oladimeji, 43, Ademola Ayo (45), Emmanuel Fabiyi (65), Ademola Hakeem (49) and Sunday Ayodele 52.
The suspects had pretended to be agents of the duplex. To expand their dragnet, they advertised it on jiji.com.
According to the leader of the gang, Ademola Hakeem, he posts sale and lease of various non-existing landed property, apartments and buildings and they use attractive prices to lure unsuspecting people.
Their latest victim, Obi, was trying to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of the lease, when he suspected something fishy. He did a little research which took him to the real landlord of the house.
Together, they played along with the fraudsters while a police team was briefed on the development. The Decoy Team of the RRS ambushed the fraudsters and arrested them at the point of sealing the deal.
One of the suspects, Fabiyi, said: “my age has been so instrumental in the various scams we’ve perpetrated. Unsuspecting victims get convinced that a man of my age wouldn’t be a scammer.
This makes them want to do business with us and part with their hard earned money. I am ashamed as an elder in church and a grandpa. My children warned me to desist from fraud after I was arrested last year but I didn’t listen to them.”