A man who has been parading himself as a town planner to defraud innocent citizens has been arrested in Lagos.
The Osun State born Adebayo, who resides in the Anuoluwapo area of Ilogbo in Ogun State, was nabbed by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, after serving a demolition notice on a building under construction and demanding for money from the owner of the building.
Miffed by the action of the impostor, the workers on the site alerted the officials shortly after Adebayo served the demolition notice.
Upon his arrest, the suspect said he was once employed as a project staff by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment about eight years ago, but was laid off without any benefit four years after, adding that after he was laid off, life became difficult for him as he could no longer take care of his family, leading to his wife leaving him.
He then decided to go into the crime with his friend’s younger brother.
“I used to work with the Ministry of the Environment. I was part of those employed as project staff and we worked there for good eight years.
I was relieved of my job about four years ago. They just laid us off without any benefit and they did not collect their identity cards from us.
The only thing I have to say is that when someone works for government, they should at least recognise the efforts of such person.
You cannot just lay off people like that without anything. We all know the situation of the country. I know I don’t have the authority to do what I have been doing, but I have to survive.”
The spokesperson for the Ministry, Adeshina Odunuga, said Adebayo had been going about impersonating as a town planner with the ministry before he was caught.
“This gentleman goes about to mark buildings, serve demolition notices, serve stop-work orders and collect money and other forms of inducement to reverse the orders.
Sometimes, he threatened owners of buildings. He was arrested by officials of the ministry who got to a site and was told one of them had just left. He was called back and that was how he was arrested.
After he was arrested, the suspect was caught with four fake identity cards of the Lagos State Government.”