EFCC arrests lawyer over alleged N7m land scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC), Ilorin zonal office, Thursday arrested a
legal practitioner, Akeem Jimoh, for alleged N7
million land scam.
The land, it was learnt, belonged to his client,
Alhaji Saka Kareem Oladele.
EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement
disclosed that Oladele in his petition to the EFCC
alleged that he gave a power of attorney to Jimoh
to sell his 35 plots of land, out of which he sold
20 plots to one Mr. Michael Jolaiya.
In the statement, Oladele according to Orilade
said, “That Barrister Jimoh after deducting his
commissions on the 20 plots refused to remit the
money realised from the sales to him.
“Jimoh, he also alleged, having prepared a sale of
land agreement for the 20 plots, still went ahead
and fraudulently resold the plots of land to an
unsuspecting buyer who have been erecting illegal
structures on them, including the 15 plots that are
yet to be sold.
“Despite all persuasions and attempts to settle
this matter amicably with Mr. Akeem Jimoh, he
had turned deaf ears to wise counsel and believes
that he is above the law. He has also boasted to
deal with him.”
But the suspect during interrogation in the
commission reportedly admitted that the
petitioner gave him power of attorney to sell the
plots of land.
The lawyer was also quoted to have said, “The
land was handed over to me by Alhaji Saka
Oladele via power of attorney dated 2004 to sell
his 35 plots of land, situated at Tanker Area,
Ilorin, Kwara State, but there was no specific
amount mentioned in the power of attorney as at
that time.”
Orilade said the suspect would soon be arraigned
before a court of competent jurisdiction.

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