Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed and his son, Folajimi Lai Mohammed, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly have been linked to an “alleged” classic 419 scheme popularly known on the streets as “Come and buy”, according a local news platform, THEWILL Nigeria.
The Minister, who is also a former Spokesperson of ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Hon. Folajimi were both alleged to have sold two plots of land that is not theirs located on Prince Sanni Harrison Street, Itedo Village in Lekki, Lagos to at least nine different people and received payments in a joint account operated by the duo. The account is domiciled at Standard Chartered Bank, according to sources familiar with the development.
The alleged scam was perpetrated between 2014 and 2015 when the All Progressives Congress, APC, was being midwifed and Mr. Mohammed was spokesperson.
According to THE WILL, the land scam was busted when the purchasers could not take possession of their plots months after payments were made. Several appeals and pressure on the duo to either formally deliver the plots or refund the monies to the buyers have been unsuccessful for years. The matter is being handled by the Nigeria Police Force Zone 2, Lagos.
THEWILL gathered that Mr. Mohammed and Hon. Folajimi are desperately blocking the matter from being taken to court and are seeking an out of court settlement.
THEWILL contacted the Minister and lawmaker over the weekend for comments but they declined.