A man who alleges that his property valued at N700 million was sold by officials of Oyo State High Court for a paltry N10 million is now on the run and sleeping inside coffins due to alleged threat to life.
Chief Joel Ubah, an Ibadan based businessman from Nnewi in Anambra State, alleged in a viral video made available to CITY LAWYER that he “was robbed by Oyo State Judiciary,” adding that “they fraudulently sold my house with 15 documents.”
Continuing, Ubah alleged that “the lady behind the scam claims to be the girlfriend of the Chief Judge of Oyo State.”
Saying that he has “been trying to go after these criminals,” he also alleged that “they have been threatening my life. Yesterday, I received the 47th death threat. So since (then), I have been sleeping inside from one coffin to another coffin since.”
Ubah sent a save-our-soul message to Nigerians, saying: “Nigerians should please alert the Inspector General of Police. I wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police, nothing was done; I wrote to the CJN, they have already replied me, but I’m still waiting for the final report. Nigerians should see that we are finished in this country.”
According to Ubah, “My house that is valued for N700 million was sold for N10 million. And not only that they sold my house, they have been threatening my life.”
He accused the Oyo State Commissioner of Police of “renting guns to criminals (who carried out the execution).” Though the police chief allegedly said that he was not aware of the “scam,” Ubah claimed that he blamed former Oyo State High Court Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR), one Olushola Adetijoye, a newly appointed judge.
Ubah alleged that Adetijoye “came for execution that is not in the court record, came for execution with forged warrant of possession, came for execution with fake auction sales.” He also alleged that one Chief Magistrate T. Oladiran was complicit in the matter, having “signed a copy of the judgement.”
He alleged that his petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the matter was “hijacked” while an officer at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) asked him to petition as a “whistle-blower.”
His words: “Nigerians, where are we heading to? There is insecurity in the country. Nothing is happening in this country. The price of a dollar is almost getting to a thousand naira. I can’t feed. But the major thing is, Why will I be hiding everyday, everyday. Why will I be hiding.”
When CITY LAWYER contacted the Chief Registrar of Oyo State High Court, Alhaja Safiya Oyediran, she said that she is not aware of the case. Her words: “I don’t know anything about it.”
Prodded further, Oyediran stated that the judicial officers mentioned in the video work in the Oyo State Judiciary, saying: “They are our officials.” She however insisted that “I wasn’t yet a Chief Registrar. I was a Deputy Chief Registrar when it happened.”
She also told CITY LAWYER that there is no ongoing investigation on the allegations.
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