EFCC charges car dealer, one other for N13.5m property fraud

Rasaq Mumini, one of the defendants


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged a 56-year-old car dealer, Rasaq Mumini and one other for selling a forfeited property without due authorization and obtaining money under false pretence.

Mumini and one Mrs. Lawal Mariam, were arraigned on two- count charge before Justice Kamorudeen Olawoyin of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ogbomosho.

The defendants allegedly sold a property, which is under attachment by the EFCC without lawful authorization.

The said property, which is a four-bedroom apartment, is situated at Dubere in Ogbomosho, Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Mrs. Lawal Mariam, one of the defendants

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, when it was read to them.

Consequently, Justice Olawoyin ordered the remand of the defendants in the custody of the EFCC and adjourned till February 12, 2024, for hearing of their bail applications.

According to EFCC, its investigations revealed that Mariam, wife of the owner of the property, Mr. Adebayo Abiodun, was said to have been introduced to Mumini through a friend with the aim of helping her clean off the EFCC inscription on the property.

The commission marked the apartment after it discovered that the property was acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

Further investigations revealed that Mumini obtained the sum of N3.05million from Mrs. Mariam under a false pretence that the money was demanded by the operatives of the EFCC in order to clean the Commission’s inscription, “Keep off EFCC Under Investigation,” on the four-bedroom apartment.

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