Austrian-based Nigerian identified as Benedict Ehiamentalor has accused a high profile official of the palace of the Oba of Benin, Rowland Ogbebor and two other persons of defrauding him of a land he claimed to have purchased from them.
He alleged that he was swindled of N3.5m and yet did not get the land even after payment.
A petition filed to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Zone 5, Benin, Ehiamentalor through his lawyer, Samuel Abasilim identified the other two persons as Otasowie Glory and Osaretin Otasiowe.
He alleged that the duo introduced him to Ogbebor from whom he claimed to have bought the parcel of land.
The petition claimed that he was to be given a 100ft by 200ft land along the Expressway by Eyaen to compensate a friend he described as an estranged lover who he said was plotting to seize the land where the petitioner was already erecting a building.
His counsel said weeks after the transaction was concluded, the people became evasive and were no longer picking the calls of Ehiamentalor.
“The trio has capitalized on the fact that our client was in Nigeria for a brief period which was why they manipulated the whole scenario for our client to travel back, hoping that it would be the end of the criminal deceit to obtain all the large sums of money from him,” he alleged.
But reacting to the development, Ogbebor said the allegations were not true, adding that the land is still there and has increased in value and that he had been invited by the police from AIG where he would gave them his own side of the story.
“He (Ehiamentalor) went to the place and even said he liked it and took some trips of sand to the place and also cleared the place only for him to call me that the person he wanted to buy the land for doesn’t like the place and that he would want a refund and I asked was that part of our agreement?
“I don’t know the girl, and you are the one buying and I am the one selling, so the issue of the person not liking the place is not my business. I said you can keep the land and later you can sell it and get your money back.”