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Man dragged to court over shopping complex crisis

By  Jane Echewodo

A  40-year old Apostle, Olufemi  Martins accused of conducting himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace before an Ogba Magistrate court, Lagos, has called for an independent investigation into allegations made against him by the managers of Refuge Home Savings and Loans Limited over his ‘Next Level Shopping Complex’.

Martins who sent a save our souls, SOS to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, and the Lagos State governor,  urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to   investigate the allegation levelled against him, arguing that the charge by the complainants has nothing to do with him.

He is presently before Magistrate Ogunkanmi, standing a count charge of a conduct likely to breach public peace ‘by forcefully ejecting security guards.’

Martins had claimed his shopping complex worth millions of naira was allegedly seized from him since 2010 by the complainant, asking the government to rise to his defence.

It would be recalled that Martins was arraigned before the Magistrate  Court for allegedly conducting himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace “by forcefully ejecting the security guards of the said complex with thugs and replaced the main gate locks preventing the occupants of the building from carrying out their lawful business.”

The police had accused him of committing the said offence on February 8, 2011 at Next Level Shopping Complex located at 142B, Akowonjo road, Lagos.

Meanwhile, the matter was first taken before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, where Martins was accused of  obtaining N85 million loan from the manager of the said bank to build shopping complex with a promise to refund the loan from the proceeds of the rents when the complex was completed. The case has been adjourned till December 2, 2016 for trial.


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