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Lagos AG used false documents to charge suspect, police report reveals

Chibuzor Oluchi

The Nigerian Police have revealed that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), used false documents to file a complaint against the Managing Director of Master Reality International Concepts Limited, Mr. Lai Omotola.

This was revealed in a letter to the Attorney General on April 4 signed by the Head of the IGP Oversight Unit, Nigerian Police, ACP Ibrahim M. Musa, saying Omotola was not invited.

Police came to this position after investigating Omotola’s complaint against the Attorney General that a criminal charge had been filed against him based on a false police report.

In their two-page letter, however, police said the unit is “investigating a matter of criminal conspiracy, forgery and complaint against police action reported to the Inspector General of Police by Mr. Lai Omotola of Master Reality International Concepts Limited for fake”. in respect of an action brought in the High Court of the State of Lagos in the Judicial Division of Ikeja by the Office of the Solicitor General/Director of Public Prosecutions of Lagos. »

In their findings, the police claimed that the written petition Adeniyi Odunsi & Co Barristers and Solicitors dated August 11, 2020 against Lai Omotola and Master Reality International Concepts Limited on behalf of Ms Olabisi Olatokunbo has not been approved by the Nigeria Police.

Police also revealed that there “is no record of the petition at the Office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, where the petition is believed to have been reported.”

Consequently, the police established that Omotola had been refused the invitation for investigation; nor was he given the opportunity to write a statement regarding the allegations raised in the petition.

Police wrote: “Omotola reported a case of forgery to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon, Lagos State regarding a written statement attached to the lawsuit allegedly written and signed by him as alleged by the Bureau of Police of investigation.

“A forensic report by Apex Forensic Science Laboratory Nigeria Limited on the disputed petition investigated by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon, Lagos State, found that the signatures compared were not signed by a single person.

“In view of the above, it is clear that the matter has become a matter of investigation. While this is submitted for your information and for any other necessary action, accept the assurances and best regards of the inspector police general,” police said in their letter to the attorney general.

At a recent press conference, Omotola said it had become clear to him that the attorney general would have been determined to use the judiciary to embarrass him and detain him for his own selfish and personal interest.

“On 20th January 2020, I received a call from one of our security guards at our property at 63 Iju road, Agege stating that Lagos State personnel were at our premises demolishing our property . All efforts to stop them were in vain.

“The following day, my attention was drawn to a report that the Lagos State Land Grab Task Force demolished the property and have since returned the land to the rightful owner in the person of Mrs. Olatokunbo Williams. and that Omotola is a land grabber.

“Upon receipt of this report, I spoke to the Lagos State Attorney General, bringing the report to his attention and also advising him of how our property was demolished and the co-ordinator of the task force on land grabbing, Mr. Arole Owolabi informed me that it was with his consent that the building was demolished and I would like him to call us to sort out the problem.

“He replied saying if he were to call him he was going to deny everything I said and what I should do was file a claim against him. I filed a claim against Mr Owolabi Arole and the same was given to him.

“Upon receipt of the petition by the AG, I was told that a panel had been set up headed by the Solicitor General, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey. At the meeting, Ms. Shitta-Bey said that, since two people owned the land and they had bought from different sellers, then it was a land dispute issue instead of land grabbing and the parties would have to seek redress in court since the The case is before the court,” he explained.

Omotola added that Shitta-Bey handed over the file to Mr. Adebayo Haroun for further investigation and that he never received a letter from Haroun to bring his witnesses, which he obliged.

He said the investigation was over and all efforts to obtain an investigation report had been unsuccessful, adding that while waiting for the report, he had also filed a petition with the Zone 2 Police Command for malicious damage against Arole.

“He was invited by the Zone 2 police command, but he refused to honor the invitation. The investigation in Zone 2 was also blocked. We continued to send letters to get updates. update on the report to the GA It is recorded that we wrote 7 times to the GA without response.

“For 18 months there was no response until March 22 when I received a notice of arraignment from the prosecution office at 1:10 p.m. on the same day of the arraignment .

“I asked my lawyer to go to court. Upon arriving at the court, he discovered that an arrest warrant had been issued by Judge Olatunde Oshodi at 11:00 a.m. even before the notice of indictment was brought to the office.

“On the same day, we requested court filings to find out that the Attorney General’s Office colluded with a CSP Akinjide Alabi from Zone 2 Police Command to falsify my statement to develop a charge against me .

“To prove my case, I submitted the forensic statement to FCID Alagbon and the result turned out to be falsified. My lawyer, on the forensic report wrote to the GA but the letter was ignored to support our conspiracy claim.I then seized the CSP which was used to perpetrate the forgery from the Inspector General of Police.