Gospel musician arrested for duping pensioner of N40m

A self acclaimed gospel musician has been arrested for defrauding his benefactor of the sum of N40 million.

Lekan Opaleye, the scam master

While his mates and colleagues are hitting the studios and making hit songs, 35-year-old Olalekan Opaleye who claims to be a gospel musician, is in the police net after he was arrested for allegedly defrauding a 75-year-old London based Nigerian pensioner, Michael Shote, of the sum of N40 million by false pretence.

Opaleye was arrested by policemen attached to the X-Squad of the Lagos State Police Command.

It was gathered that Shote, who retired from a telecommunication company in London, had knwon the suspect while he was driving taxis and out of pity, urged him to quit the driving job with the promise to sponsor his musical career.

It was gathered that Shote was the one who financed a record produced by Opaleye, who also lived in a building owned by the pensioner in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

But with the devil siezing hold of him, Opaleye, in July 2013, approached Shote and sold him a dummy by saying that the former Senate President, David Mark, allegedly wanted to give a contract to his friend to supply 20,000 laptops and freezers, among others, to the National Assembly.

He somehow managed to persuade Shote to invest in the deal and reportedly collected the money at various times between July 2013 and April 2015 on the pretext that he wanted to use it to facilitate the contract.

But the scam deal blew up in the air sometime in April 2015, when the the financier insisted on seeing the documents backing the contract, which the suspect could not produce. Sensing foul play, Shote reported the fraud to the police and Opaleye was arrested.

Opaleye was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on three counts of fraud and stealing but when the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

The presiding magistrate, Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, admitted him to bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum while the case was adjourned till November 16, 2015.


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