Gospel Musician Duped London-Based Nigerian Pensioner N40M With Fake Contract Talk

at 09:20 AM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(14953 | Hero) (m)


A 35-year-old gospel musician, Olalekan Opaleye, has been arrested by policemen attached to the X-Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly obtaining the sum of N40m from a pensioner, Mr. Michael Shote, under false pretences.

Shote, who retired from a telecommunication company in London, and the suspect were said to have known each other two years ago, when the former reportedly told him to quit driving and promised to sponsor his musical career.

It was gathered that the 75-year-old pensioner financed a record produced by Opaleye, who lived in an Ikorodu building owned by the pensioner.


In July 2013, Opaleye approached Shote, saying former Senate President David Mark, allegedly wanted to give a contract to his friend to supply 20,000 laptops and freezers, among others, to the National Assembly.

He was said to have persuaded the businessman to invest in the deal and reportedly collected the sum piecemeal between July 2013 and April 2015 on the pretext that he wanted to use it to facilitate the contract.

Punch Metro learnt that the scam blew open in April 2015, when the complainant insisted on seeing the documents backing the contract, which the suspect could not produce. Opaleye was arrested after the alleged fraud was reported at the state police command.

Shote, a resident of Irepedun Street, in the Sangisha area of the state, said he fell for suspect’s scam because he wanted to assist him.

He said, “I knew him in 2013 through my sister, who he worked for as a driver. He complained to me that he was unfairly treated. I told him to leave the job. He took me to his parents in Mushin and when I saw their situation, I decided to assist him.

“I gave him my apartment in Ikorodu to live. He told me he sings gospel music and needed a financier. I spent about N5m on his record.

“In July, 2013, he said he met a secondary school friend who brought the contract. Because of the trust I had in him, I decided to facilitate the contract with my money.

“At a point, my friends told me that the contract was a fraud, but I did not believe them until I asked him to bring the documents in respect of the contract, but he could not provide them.

“I have lived in London for 50 years. That is where my family is and that is where I worked for decades until my retirement. I only come home to assist people.”

Opaleye was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on three counts of fraud and stealing.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case was adjourned till November 16, 2015.


dareper at 09:26 AM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(20434 | Addicted Hero) (m)
Stupid boy.
Reply
DrSoba at 09:47 AM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(4891 | Gistmaniac) (m)
That is how they bite the finger that feeds them and spoil our name and other sincere peoples chance's.  Nonsense yoruba boy.
Reply
johnsample at 10:07 AM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(106 | Upcoming) (m)
thunder fire Islam, MOHAMMED AND BUHARI....
Reply
PoliticxGuru at 11:39 AM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(14253 | Hero) (m)
Shey na quick money u dey look for!?Huh?? Nonsense
Reply
Ken1230 at 12:05 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(3086 | Gistmaniac) (m)
And they could not grant him bail because he is not a corrupt politician.
Reply
beneno at 12:18 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(26080 | Addicted Hero) (m)
ooooooooooh
Reply
Eskay20s at 12:46 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(126 | Upcoming) (m)
Quote from: John  Sample Rasheed on 10:07 AM, 22/07/2015
thunder fire Islam, MOHAMMED AND BUHARI....
THUNDER FIRE YOU AND YOUR GENERATION..FOR INSULTING THE RELIGION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS TOPIC,ABI GOSPEL SINGER NA ISLAM? ANYTIME YOU INSULT ISLAM AGAIN.. IF YOU HAVE KIDS,YOU WILL BURY THEM WITH YOUR HANDS AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY,YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ONE.. GOD PUNISH YOUR GENERATION.. #VEXINGMOOD#
Reply
stephen153 at 03:50 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(30038 | Addicted Hero) (m)
ok
Reply
babafero at 04:09 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(943 | Upcoming) (m)
yoruba
Reply
DJSNIPPER at 04:21 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(3604 | Gistmaniac) (m)
This guy will surely die in poverty.The man should not have given him such a huge amount with out lawyers from both parties and witnesses.You dont trust anyone in Nigeria.I dont even trust myself not to talk of someone else.
Reply
echeeche at 05:11 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(9422 | Hero) (m)
All in Gods name
Reply
weenyweeny at 08:15 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(106 | Upcoming) (m)
dat guy sample is notin but a badstard. God punish ur whole generation n may u nva find peace in ur home. Cow.
Reply
ohis07 at 09:22 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(364 | Upcoming) (m)
Quote from: John  Sample Rasheed on 10:07 AM, 22/07/2015
thunder fire Islam, MOHAMMED AND BUHARI....
AS E TAKE FIRE YOUR PAPA AND MAMA. SON OF A BITCH
Reply
seanT at 11:31 PM, 22/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(227 | Upcoming) (m)
Am a christain but @John Sample saheed... what does Islam, Mohamed and Buhari has to do with the news....you people wont stop to amuse me..
Reply
jossy4reall at 04:02 AM, 23/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(19965 | Hero) (m)
shi't happens

Reply
Nicksam at 06:50 AM, 23/07/2015 (3 years ago)
(11531 | Hero) (m)
PASSING
Reply
elchymo at 04:17 PM, 12/08/2015 (3 years ago)
(22559 | Addicted Hero) (m)
Dis johnsample guy must be very sick in his medulla oblongata Angry
Reply

LATEST COMMENTS

  1. GOC1990 on: IPOB Removes Nnamdi Kanu As Leader, Says He is a Traitor, Insensitive And Callous
    THIS IS A KACANBO STORY, OHA MA DIKE REMAINS THE MOST POPULAR BLACK IN THE WORLD TODAY.WE ROSE FROM ... 12 mins ago ago
  2. kaposky on: Kenneth Okonkwo Explains How Igbos Can Gain Power By Voting Buhari In 2019 (Full Text)
    MR KENNETH LIVING IN BONDAGE, U ARE A PURE MAD MAN, GO CALL UR PAPA MAKE HE COME READ THIS UR ONE WH... 17 mins ago ago
  3. kaposky on: IPOB Removes Nnamdi Kanu As Leader, Says He is a Traitor, Insensitive And Callous
    STORY FOR THE gods... 17 mins ago ago
  4. kaposky on: Boyfriend And Suspected Killer Of 20-yr-old Model, Seun Ajila Arraigned, Mother Demands Justice
    NIGERIA IS A MESSED NATION WITH BAD JUDICIARY, BECAUSE HE WAS CALLING HIS GIRLFRIEND, UR DAUGHTER TH... 20 mins ago ago
  5. tegonwa on: Kenneth Okonkwo Explains How Igbos Can Gain Power By Voting Buhari In 2019 (Full Text)
    He Is Such A Hungry Goat,very Hungry...Hungrily Hopeless!... 20 mins ago ago