The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, arraigned 82-year-old Chief Olagoke Samson Amoo-Onidundu, who claims to be the Baale of Onidundu area of Akinyele, Oyo state, before Justice lyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, for alleged land scam.
On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the octogenarian was charged with four counts of obtaining money under false pretenses, a violation of Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and a punishable offense under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The complainant claimed that he purchased four acres of land from the defendant for four million four hundred thousand Naira (N4,400,000), but that he was later denied access to the land by some people who claimed they were the true owners.
One of the counts states, “That you, Chief Olagoke Samson Amoo-Onidundu, with intent to defraud, obtained the sure of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000.00) only from one Oluwagbemi Isaac Ashaolu on or about the 19th August 2020, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable Court by falsely telling him that the sum was part payment for the purchase of four acres of land you have to sell.
He entered a not guilty plea to the charges leveled against him.
In light of his plea, prosecution counsel, Dr Ben Obi, requested a postponement of the start of the trial. He also requested that the defendant be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre by the court.
The case was postponed until August 9, 2021, and the defendant was remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Abolongo.
In a related development, Justice Verima found one Aremu Ridwan Kunle guilty and sentenced him to six months of community service after finding him guilty of a criminal charge filed by the Commission.
Aremu was found guilty on a six-count amended charge of obtaining money by deception in violation of Section 419 of the Criminal Code, 38 Cap. Laws of Oyo State, 2000. He entered a guilty plea to the charge.
Following the ‘guilty’ plea, prosecution counsel, Dr Obi, asked the court to convict him in accordance with the terms of a plea bargain agreement previously reached with the Commission.
Following his conviction, the judge ordered the accused to repay his victims, Jason Arthur, Paul Jackson, and John Geditz, a total of three hundred and sixty United States dollars ($360 USD). The court also ordered Aremu to surrender to the Federal Government of Nigeria one black and purple coloured Techno Spark 4 mobile phone and one silver coloured HP Laptop.