Former Lagos Deputy Governor, Alhaja Ojikutu arrested for N130million fraud

Months after she was declared wanted, the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Tuesday finally arrested the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Aderoju Ojikutu.

Ojikutu, who was declared wanted by the unit on June 19, 2013 in connection with a case of obtaining the sum of N130million from one Cajethan Okekearu, was arrested at her residence yesterday evening.

Confirming the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, SFU, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, said the suspect had allegedly connived with her son, Samson, who is currently in the United States of America (USA) to commit the fraud.

The CP, who made this disclosure through the unit's spokesperson, Ngozi Isintume-Agu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the suspect and her son were parties to the sale of the land and both signed the agreement given to the complainant and obtained the sum of N130 million from him.
He said: "She admitted to the crime but claimed that it was a genuine mistake of plot identification and she refunded the N50 million and promised to refund the balance as soon as she disposed her two properties she put up for sale.

"She also confessed that she had injected the complainant's money in to her business and she equally signed an undertaking and payment plan, which was drawn from September, 2012 and was to terminate by November 2012, but she defaulted due to lack of fund."
Ogunsakin said prior to her arrest, the police had made concerted effort to arrest her after Justice Obadina gave the ruling during the suit filed by Ojikutu to restrain the police from further investigating the matter. He said the suspect would be arraigned at the Federal High Court, Lagos, today, while investigations continue.