By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The long arm of the law has eventually caught up with a serial female house rent agent fraudster following her arrest by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit.
The suspect, identified as Mrs. Bukola Ayorinde nabbed on Wednesday, was immediately arraigned at a Lagos Mobile Court in Ikorodu over alleged fraud.
Speaking on the arraignment, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi stated that her arrest was effected after series of complaints from members of the public over some fake house agents obtaining a large sum of money from them and absconding.
According to a release by Adebayo Taofiq,Head, Public Affairs Unit, Egbeyemi explained that the Agency acting on a petition received from one Mrs. Olusola Ola-John, her latest victim, who claimed she was defrauded of the sum of N250.000 over securing an apartment for her aged mother at Millennium Estate Igbe in Ikorodu by the suspect.
Egbeyemi said that after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the suspect was the same person who had been defrauding innocent members of the public claiming to be house agent around Ikorodu axis.
“The suspect was charged for ‘Conduct Likely To Cause Breach Of Peace, Cheating and Obtaining N250.000 Under False Pretense’ before Chief Magistrate Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju of the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting at Bolade in Oshodi.
Mrs. Bukola Ayorinde, however, pleaded ‘guilty’ to the three-count charge which necessitated an adjournment to Friday, 26th of June, 2020 for a ‘fact and sentence’ judgment by the Magistrate”, Egbeyemi disclosed.
While appealing to members of the public to be wary of these criminal elements when securing accommodation in any parts of the State, the Chairman confirmed that it was in line with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu that the suspect be charged to court for prosecution.