Man Buys Lagos Lagoon For N787m From Scammers
Sometimes it is good to visit home and get familiar with things and the story of this US-based Nigerian who fell into the hands of Yahoo boys is a lesson.
Kennedy Chukwuemeka Nwabuoku, thought he had struck gold after he parted with 787.5 million Naira for 150 plots of land.
Little did he know that he has played into the hands of fraudsters.
It was gathered that Nwabuoku transferred the monies in the following order over a period: 229,000,000 Naira, 86,000,000 Naira, 120,000,000 Naira, 41,300,000 Naira, 11,291,000 Naira and 90,000,000 Naira.
The agents identified as Emeka Okoronkwo and Michael Owolabi Alonge, had offered the land for sale at 5,250,000 Naira per plot with Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).
Nwabuoku told detectives led by DCP Abutu Yaro, at the Force Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon, that he bought the unseen land with a foreign partner and had paid in fiduciary trust, sending monies on different occasions through his company, KenBouk Global Investment Ltd.
The agents were sending him pictures and videos of caterpillars in action at the purported site at Ifedele Agunbiade Village, Sangotedo, in Eti-Osa area of Lagos.
Trouble started after Nwabuoku’s family in Nigeria who wanted to see the site were told that the land was in an area bought by prominent Nigerians like former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Oba Riliwanu Akiolu, and it was cordoned off so that ordinary citizens could not gain access.
When he became suspicious, Nwabuoku sent the C of O to a friend to verify, and the friend found that no such land or location described in the document existed.
It was at that point that he decided to visit Nigeria and inspect the land for which he had paid the property agent, Okoronkwo, who was identified as owner of Kings Court Realtors at Plot 321A, Akin Ogunlewe Street, Victoria Island.
When Nwabuoku arrived and insisted he must see the site before further payments, Alonge allegedly took him to a location far inside a wooded area that led to the lagoon with canoes going back and forth. A place where no human activity is ongoing at all.
He stated that Michael Owolabi Alonge started pointing around and towards the lagoon as if he was not sure where the land was anymore.
Investigations into the matter revealed that fictitious persons were listed in the Deed of Assignment that the suspected fraudsters also gave to Nwabuoku.
During interrogation by the police on November 8, 2017, Okoronkwo allegedly admitted that he collected 603 million Naira for 100 plots, agency fees and legal fees through transfers to Kings Court Realtors’ accounts in two banks.
The case is pending before Chief Magistrate (Mrs) Abimbola Komolafe of Magistrate Court 3, Igbosere, in Lagos.
Nwabuoku's money seems to have been swallowed by the lagoon.
Whether he will recover it from the fraudsters is something that remains to be seen, as most fraudsters in Nigeria allegedly lavish such funds on buying cars and other material things as soon as they grab the money.
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