A Nigerian business man residing in Austria, Mr. Ehiamentalor Victor Benedict has cried out after he was reaped of his N3.5 in a land scam in Edo State.
Ehiamentalor in a petition he filed through his lawyer, Samuel Abasilim, Esq and addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) zone 5, said his ordeal began in 2019 when he visited Nigeria.
The petition alleged criminal breach of trust and obtaining the sum of N3.5 million by three notable individuals linked to the palace of the Oba of Benin under controversial circumstances.
Ehiamentalor, alleged that one Otasowie Glory introduced Ogbebor to him; and stated categorically that as a Benin palace functionary, Rowland O. Omo-Ogbebor, will locate a 100ft by 200ft parcel of land by the main road at Eyean Community for him to buy.
He stated that he had believed he was in in safe hands without much verification because the allotment paper dated 20/6/2017 which bears a toga of royalty on the land documents.
The petitioner further alleged that the allotment paper reads: “From Rowland O. Omo-Ogbebor, Oba Palace, P. O. Box 1, Benin City, Edo State”.
The petitioner alleged in the petition that Ogbebor thereafter instructed him to pay the sum of N3m to a sterling Bank account and N500, 000 to Otasowie which was followed with a deed of transfer.
Continuing, Benedict alleged that “several weeks after the transaction was concluded, Ogbebor and Otasowie became evasive and no more picking his calls”.
He urged the police to investigate the allegations with a view to bringing the suspects to justice and the total refund of the sum and all expenses incurred.
But Mr. Rowland O. Omo-Ogbebor, denied the allegations, describing it as baseless and unfounded.
He alleged that Mr. Ehiamentalor Victor Benedict is neither known to him nor did he enter into any transaction with him.