The Lagos High Court in Igbosere has sentenced an estate agent to 1,230 years in prison for duping 101 prospective tenants.
The convict, Mr.Babatunde Habeeb of 59 Oriola, in Alapere Ketu area of Lagos, was said to have duped the tenants of the sum of N28 million.
Presiding Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye found Habeeb guilty of the 82 counts charge of conspiring with his brother Alahaji Ishola Salawudeen who is still at large.
They obtained the sum of N28 million under false pretence from unsuspecting accommodation seekers, Vanguard reported.
They were also charged for conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences, stealing and fraud.
They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC .
The convict had promised to rent out 13 apartments to the accommodation seekers, whom he collected various sums from and issued receipts and thereafter disappeared.
A bewildered social commentator questioned the long jail sentence.
εΜjαε™ @_jam3l said: What the hell is wrong with our judiciary abeg? Can’t they be reasonable with their sentences especially when an ordinary citizen is involved.”