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.
According to source, 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.
It was 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.