Fake developer on the prowl in Agege
RESIDENTS of Agege and its environs embarked on a protest march to the state government to appeal for an intervention into an alleged influential fake developer’s exploitation of unsuspecting Lagosians in the area.
The residents marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly, claiming that the developer had already duped them of huge sums of money under the pretense of renting residential apartments and shops to them.
Meanwhile, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rasheed Makinde, has urged the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to revisit the Agege-Ifako Model City Plan as part of dividends of democracy to the people of the area.
The protesters, numbering over 100, came with placards bearing inscriptions like: “We are homeless,” “we need your help”, “We need our money”, “Fake landlord, developer, he must pay our money”, “Lukman Atanda Adewole must pay our money”, “Save our souls“, among others.
One of the protesters, Godwin Madu, said the alleged fake developer collected sums of money ranging from N120,000 to N900,000 for mini flats, two bedroom flats, three bedroom flats and shops.
The developer, according to them, operates in areas like Agbotikuyo, Agege, Total, Iju and Fagba, where as much as five to ten persons found that they had paid for the same apartment. “Even when he (the developer) agrees to refund money to some people, he is fond of issuing fake cheques,“ Madu said.
The Guardian gathered that though the developer had been arrested, his victims have no confidence in the police to purse the matter to a logical conclusion.
According to them, they want the House to help them to compel Adewole to refund the money he fraudulently collected from them. The police are not doing anything about it.
We went to the human rights people and we were advised to take the matter to the state government. One of the affected persons, Omotosho Oluwabukola, said the developer collected rents from almost 20 people for a self-contained room apartment at Ijaiye.
Responding to the protesters’ pleas, a member of the House, Segun Olulade, promised that the House would set up a committee to investigate the matter.
Makinde, who is representing Ifako-Ijaiye II Constituency, recalled that the Lagos State House of Assembly had called on Ambode to construct an overhead bridge at Pen Cinema area of Agege.
As part of the resolution of the House, members resolved that the perennial gridlock along Pen Cinema axis, which often lingers up to around 11pm, was a serious concern.
According to them, the construction of a bridge would mitigate the effect of the traffic and also curtail armed robbery being perpetrated in the area. While lending his voice to the call for the overhead bridge to be constructed, Makinde said the implementation of Agege-Ifako Model City Plan would go a long way in taking care of his constituents.