The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three lawyers for alleged unauthorised acquisition and sale of a property valued at N20 million.
The lawyers – Salman Rafiu, Sulyman Abaya and Saka Hammed – were arrested by the EFCC Illorin Zone Command after one Adetunji Adedoyin lodged a petition before the anti-graft agency, alleging the sale of his hotel by the accused without his consent.
Two others suspects – Olarewaju Aluko and Na’ Allah Suyuti – are currently at large.
In his petition, Adedoyin alleged that the suspects fraudulently obtained a court judgment with which they claimed and sold his property without his knowledge and consent.
Upon getting the judgment, the petitioner alleged that the accused ensured that he did not get the summons, but went ahead and provided defence lawyers for him without his knowledge or consent and with whom he never had any discussion.
The petition partly read: “I was informed that I was served summons all through the court proceedings, whereas it was R.A Salman who put up his colleagues: Abaya Sulyman and Saka Hammed to stand for me and these lawyers forged my signature on some documents purporting my consent in court to the sale of my hostel.
“The truth of the matter is that I never set my eyes on these people (lawyers) prior to or during the court proceedings, neither did I participate directly or indirectly in the proceedings. I also was not aware of the proceedings from the beginning to the end.”
The petitioner further explained that he had to pay the sum of N4.2million to the buyer, Na’ Allah in order to recover his stolen property, but that “The hostel was taken over again in March 2019 by Mr Na’ Allah through his lawyer, Aluko Olarewaju, on the grounds that I have not paid the outstanding balance.”
The suspects denied the allegations of forgery levelled against them and also disowned the affidavit.
The EFCC said efforts are on-going to arrest the fleeing accomplices of the alleged crime.