A lawyer, Mr. Ola Dan Ola, has filed a petition with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), accusing the Managing Director of Meadville Building Construction Company Limited, Otunba Ademola Akin Benson, of allegedly defrauding his client.
The Akure-based lawyer has urged the Anti-Corruption Commission to arrest and investigate the property developer, Akin-Benson, for allegedly collecting a sum of N2million from his client, Dr. S. Odedina.
The lawyer alleged that the developer deceived his client by telling him that he wanted to sell his client an allowance for model housing located in the Alagbaka area of Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
The petition, titled “Petition Against Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, Fraudulent Conversion, Economic Sabotage, and Financial Misappropriation” and dated August 31, 2022, has been made available to our correspondent in Akure.
According to the petition, the lawyer alleged that his client had deposited building materials worth N10 million which were allegedly recovered by the suspect.
The lawyer also alleged that Akin-Benson presented the project to his client in a letter that he (Akin-Benson) personally signed under the guise of being the general manager of a construction company, having a collaboration with the federal government.
The petition reads in part as follows: “The suspect further claimed in the letter that he had collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Housing Authority Homes Ltd. Under this pretext, the main suspect in the person of Otunba Ademola Akin-Benson fraudulently obtained from our client the sum of 2 million naira.
“According to our client, Otunba Ademola Akin Benson claimed to have for sale and allocation model housing located opposite Police Headquarters (SIB) Alagbaka, Akure.
Benson’s claim of affiliation with federal government agencies and departments persuaded our client to part with an initial sum of N10,000 in application fees. This initial deposit was made by our client in the form of an electronic transfer to the account details provided by Akinbenson:
“We reported that on October 7, 2015, our client was also defrauded by Otunba Akinbenson in the amount of N2 million. This sum represents the purchase of accommodation in Alagbaka as promoted and guaranteed by Otunba Akinbenson. Our client used his First Bank account to transfer the said sum of N2,000,000 to the suspect’s Zenith Bank.
“Otunba Akinbenson’s grand criminal conspiracy and fraudulent intent came to light when the suspect, with the help of thugs and bulldozers, destroyed all building materials deposited at the site assigned by our client. worth millions of naira was either destroyed or criminally converted by the suspect.
Contacted by phone, the managing director of Medavile Building Construction Company Limited denied the allegations, saying he was not involved in any fraudulent practices in the housing industry.
He said: ‘I haven’t defrauded anyone, if anyone has a problem with me such a person should come to our office and meet with me so we can discuss and sort things out. N2million is nothing to me, if the person is sure that I owe them N2million, let them come to our office with real proof of payment and we will refund them.
“He should go report to the police station or appropriate premises and they would investigate.
“Let the person who made the allegation come to our office with evidence and we’ll settle the matter,” Akin-Benso said.