Nigerian Man, Abolaji Onafuye in UK Busted After He Lied To Claim £32,000 in Grenfell Tower Fire

at 08:40 AM, 12/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed £32,000 in donations and housing support after lying to authorities that he lived in the doomed tower and that his sister and nephew were both killed. But a jury convicted him of fraud after hearing he was not related to Zainab Deen and her two-year-old son Jeremiah.


Isleworth Crown Court in West London heard that Onafuye claimed thousands and racked up a hotel bill of £35,000 after Kensington Council initially accepted his claim that he had lived in the tower. The Nigerian-born property consultant was given emergency accommodation in the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Belgravia, Central London.


Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed £32,000 in donations and housing support after lying to authorities that he lived in the doomed tower and that his sister and nephew were both killed

He later claimed he had suffered ‘mental trauma’ from seeing people screaming for help inside the tower, but analysis of his mobile phone found he was 12 miles away from the site on the day of the fire. After his arrest, the father-of-five from Hammersmith in West London attempted to blame his fraudulent claims on low blood sugar, saying he was ‘hallucinating’ and ‘temporarily insane’ because he had been fasting. He will be sentenced at a later date.


But a jury convicted him of fraud after hearing he was not related to Zainab Deen and her two-year-old son Jeremiah


Two-year-old Jeremiah Deen died in the Grenfell Tower fire
Michael Phillips, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy but saw an opportunity to benefit himself, both financially and with accommodation. ‘Our prosecution was able to prove he had repeatedly and intentionally lied and that his post-arrest story that it had all been an innocent mistake was just an attempt to escape the consequences of his cruel deception.’ The CPS released photographs of Onafuye taken four days after the deadly fire, in which he posed grinning with his thumbs up. His Facebook profile also showed photographs of him shopping at Harrods in May this year, a few weeks before his arrest on suspicion of fraud, and posing next to various luxury cars.



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