On Monday, February 5, 2024, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Command charged 56-year-old Rasaq Abolaji Mumini, a car dealer, and one other person with receiving money under false pretenses and selling seized property without the required license.
In particular, Mumini and a woman named Mrs. Lawal Olawande Mariam appeared before Justice Kamorudeen Olawoyin of the Oyo State High Court, which is located in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, to be charged with two counts.
Allegedly, the defendants sold a property without the required authorization, and the EFCC has since placed it under attachment. The aforementioned property is a four-bedroom flat located in Ogbomosho, Surulere Local Government Area, Oyo State’s Dubere neighborhood.
Count one of the charge reads:
“That you, Rasaq Abolaji, Lawal Olawande Mariam and others still at large sometime in December 2022, at Ogbomosho, Oyo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without due authorization sold a Four Bedroom Apartment situate at Dubere Area of Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State to Mrs Felicia Adeyemi at the sum of N13,500,000.00 (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) a property that was subject of attachment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 32 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004”
According to investigations, Mumini was introduced to the second defendant (Lawal Olawande Mariam), who is the wife of the property owner, Mr. Adebayo Abiodun, by a friend with the intention of assisting her in removing the EFCC inscription off the property. Once the Commission learned that the apartment was purchased using money obtained through illegal means, it tagged the property.
Further investigations also revealed that Mumini obtained the sum of N3,050,000 (Three Million, Fifty ThousandNaira Only) 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.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges thereby setting the stage for a trial.
Consequently, Justice Olawoyin ordered the remand of the defendants in the custody of the EFCC and adjourned till Monday, February 12, 2024, for hearing of their bail applications.