45 Year Old Man Sells Father’s House To Different Buyers

A 45-year-old man, Olusanya Ajala, has been arrested for allegedly selling a house bequeathed to him and his three siblings to two different buyers.
Ajala was said to have sold the property to a businesswoman, Anita Ojuola, and one other buyer, whose name had yet to be ascertained.It was learnt that Ajala sold the house to Ojuola without the consent of his sisters.
Our correspondent learnt that the building, which comprises eight rooms and three boys’ quarters, is located on Ajala Close in the Ijaiye area of Lagos.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Ojuola had shown interest in the house, and was introduced to the suspect by an estate agent. The two parties were said to have negotiated and subsequently agreed on N3.5m.
Anita reportedly paid N1m into a bank account provided by the suspect on March 9 with a promise to pay the balance towards the end of April. It was gathered that Ajala issued a forged power of attorney to the woman to signify her ownership of the property.
Trouble was said to have started when the suspect shelved appointments to meet Ojuola and refused to pick her calls. It was learnt that Ojuola, who demanded to see his siblings before she would pay the N2.5m balance, eventually met the suspect a month after.
Our correspondent was told that Ojuola discovered that the house had been sold to another person, who had started renovating it.
She said,
 “Before I made payment, my lawyer, the agent and I met with him and requested proof of ownership. The lawyer interviewed him and asked him to produce all necessary documents. He produced a document indicating that he has the power of attorney to sell the house and the lawyer told me to go ahead with the payment.
“On March 9, I made a transfer of N1m to his bank account. I asked Mr. Olusanya (Ajala) on three occasions to take us to the house and introduced me to the tenants that the house had been bought, but he refused. The agent and I finally met with him on April 14. We insisted that he take us to the house. On getting there, we learnt that he had sold the house to someone else since March 20.”
Upon the discovery, the matter was reported at the Ijaiye-Ojokoro Police Station, leading to Ajala’s arrest.
One of Ajala’s sisters, Mrs. Aduni Ojelabi, said the family had no hand in the sale of the property to Ojuola.
She said,
“The house needed renovation and I called other family members to contribute money. When they refused, we decided to sell it on March 20 for N6.8m. Our agent collected N1.8m while the lawyer got N60,000. Four of us shared the remaining amount. I was surprised to hear that he (Ajala) had sold it to someone else.”

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