Operatives of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation (Task Force) have arrested a fake estate agent, Sunday (surname withheld), found to be defrauding innocent members of the public with different fake Lagos State government’s letter headed documents.
Chairman of the agency, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, while parading the 45-year-old suspect, a native of Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, disclosed that the suspect was apprehended based on a complaint from Mr and Mrs Nurudeen (surname withheld), who live in Papa Ashafa, Agege, Lagos.
According to a release made available by the Task Force spokesperson, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, chairman of the agency disclosed further that the complainants reported to his office that they was served a ‘Quit Notice’ on Lagos State Task Force letter headed document, stating that the agency later discovered that the document was fake after careful investigation.
He stated further that a thorough search was later carried out on the resident of the suspect on Shita Street, Dopemu, Agege, where the agency recovered packs of different neatly printed fake Lagos State government documents.
The Task Force boss enjoined members of the public to be wary of some dubious elements within the society, who specialised in impersonating, deceiving and duping innocent members of the public with different fake Lagos State Ministries, Departments and Agencies letter headed documents.
He reminded innocent members of the public being victimised or harassed by any suspected landlord/landlady to always visit the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, where disputes between landlords and tenants, as well as between employers and employees, among others were being mediated upon.
The suspect, while responding to questions, said he retired as a civil servant with the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment in year 2014.
He admitted to have been using different fake letter headed documents of the Lagos State government to defraud innocent members of the public through estate agent business and other environmental issues.
Sunday said the last one he did was a ‘Quit Notice’ he issued and served on Mr and Mrs Nurudeen after he collected N50,000 from the landlady of same address with a fake Lagos Task Force letter headed document.
“I have made a lot of fortunes using fake documents of the Lagos State Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in defrauding innocent members of the public,” he said.