. Sells The Same Plot To 3 People
In the Lagos social establishment, Primate Solomon Adeniran Aluko is not an unknown personality. He is in charge of the Saviour Ministry Worldwide. The church is located at Obafemi Awolowo way, Alausa, Ikeja. Many also know the Primate as the owner of the famed Wuraola House on Allen Avenue. He is one of those that can be said to have been around for decades. Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey even eulogized him in one of his records decades ago.
Reports filtered in that the man fondly referred to as Primate was in trouble with the EFCC. Street Journal’s investigation revealed that the man of God was away to England where he had gone to attend a wedding. It was however alleged that he was picked up on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and that he was questioned after which he was taken to the EFCC office in Abuja where he was detained briefly.
Street Journal probed into the issue and it was alleged that Primate Aluko had sold a piece of land in Ikeja to about three people; the most recent one being one Adebiyi, a US based Nigerian. He was alleged to have sent a petition to the EFCC when he discovered some discrepancies on the land for which he coughed out about N50 million and that Aluko was picked up for questioning just as he arrived in the country.
One Mr. Adeyemi Adesanya also claimed that he bought the land, situated at Alausa, Lagos for the sum of N 17 million in 2002. Adesanya alleged that an Alhaja had also bought the same land before him, after which it was sold to another America-based Nigerian who allegedly called in the EFCC.
Adesanya disclosed to Street Journal that he paid for that land on October 22, 2002. He disclosed that when he discovered that there were some problems over the ownership of the land, especially when facts started emerging that the land belonged to the Coker family, he decided to back out. He said a demolition was carried out and it affected part of the land he paid for. He said he paid for the land in US dollars and that the papers of the land were prepared by Rotimi Agunlejika who served as Primate Aluko’s lawyer then.
Adesanya further disclosed that when he told the primate hat he was no longer interested in the land, Primate was very reluctant in refunding him. He also alleged that all the granite and sand he bought to work with on the site was sold off or used by the primate. He said the Primate eventually agreed to refund him. He said he was paid part of his money but he still has a balance of about N 11 million to collect.
When our reporter however called Primate Aluko, he denied the story of his arrest and detention by the EFCC. He said “it is good that you called to confirm. I am not in EFCC custody; at least I am talking to you on phone now. Do people get access to their phones when they are arrested by the EFCC? I am not in EFCC custody; some people somewhere are just out to tarnish my reputation.”
When he was asked about the land issue, he said it was true that he sold a piece of land and that some problems later ensued. He said the person in question would definitely get a refund of all the money paid.
Primate Aluko told Street Journal that the problem with the land came from the Nigerian Police Force who are laying claim to it. He also said when that happened; he wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police who later referred the matter to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police. “In the petition, I asked for explanation on what the police was doing on the land”, Aluko said. Speaking further, he said he was with the Inspector General one day and the Lagos State CP came, the IG said he should meet with me in Lagos and that the Commissioner should fill him in on how things go. He said everything would be resolved and that it is only a matter of time.
When our reporter queried about the sale of the same land to different people, Primate Aluko said Adebiyi was the only person he sold the land to. He went further that the there was nothing illegal about the land as the man had gone to verify at the Ministry of Lands and they found out that it was genuine before he paid.
When he was however told that one Adesanya Adeyemi also claimed that he bought the land in question from him in 2002, Primate Aluko said truly he sold the land to him but that when there was a problem on the land, he (Adesanya) came back and said he no longer wanted the land. I negotiated with his wife and his lawyer on what he said he wanted and I paid back part of his money. He said he wanted N 12 million. I still remember that day, he came to my office, he even asked me to pray for him and I did.
As of the time of filing this report, sources disclosed that the Primate has agreed to refund Adebiyi while meetings would be scheduled with the others to plot a way forward.