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Police detectives have foiled the alleged plans by the Manager of Ecobank PLC, Oke Afa branch, Ejigbo area of Lagos, to use the property of a late elderly man, who died and was buried in 2018 as collateral by an imposter.

At the time the alleged scam happened, the family stated that elder James Oladipo Sodehinde had died since the 3rd day of September, 2018 and was buried on the 26th day of October 2018 at the African Church Cathedral, Owu, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

However, the scam got exposed and the family has now instituted legal action against Ecobank and one Gregory Odutayo said to have conspired with the Bank Manager to use the house documents as collateral in order to secure a loan.

In the suit filed by the family’s Counsel, Barrister Adejumo Omobolaji Jubril, before Lagos Court, the family is asking for N10m general damages for the trauma the defendants made the complainants to suffer during the period to secure their property back.

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Pa James Sodeinde, the late customer

In the suit filed by Olurotimi Sodehinde on his behalf and that of the children of their late father, Pa James Sodeinde, seeks to establish that the defendants wrongly and negligently placed wrong encumbrance on the claimant’s property at the land registry in Ibadan, Oyo State. And N10m damages jointly and severally against the defendants for legal fees, emotional pains and anxiety the claimants suffered over wrong encumbrance place on the property heredited by the claimants.

In the statement of claims on the suit with number MCL/577/2022, the claimant stated as follows:

The claimant and their family had appointed D-P Dupe Ogunbosi & Co Estate Surveyors & Valuers as their agent to sell the said hereditament.

That the 2nd Defendant had earlier shown interest to purchase the said hereditament situate at SW8/1285 Sodehinde Street, off Antani Road, Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo state.

Photocopies of the title document were given to the 2nd Defendant thereafter he stopped contacting the claimant family or their agent.
On or about the 10th day of June 2021 another prospective buyer, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited, contacted the 1st claimant’s agent with respect to the said property.

The said prospective buyer conducted a search at the land’s registry and thereafter called off the transaction, he however informed the claimant’s agent that the property is encumbered.

The said prospective buyer brought a report which among other things shows that:


The property is located at Plot 6 Ring Road, South West Ibadan, Oyo State.

Conveyance dated 5/08/1963 by Olu Ayoola to Akanni Olaosebikan registered as 34/34/687 dated 31/10/1969 and later transferred to Sodehinde registered 22/22/1163.

Certified true copy of the conveyance was issued to Dele Olomola & Co on behalf of ECOBANK Nigeria Ltd for perfection of legal mortgage dated 22/01/2021.

The 1st Defendant by an email emanating from Okereke Vanessa ( of the legal and regulatory unit of the 1st defendant bank instructed the law firm of Dele Olomola & Company to conduct a search on the Claimant hereditament without any legal basis or need.

That towards perfecting the brief the said Dele Olomola on behalf of the bank deposed to an affidavit dated the 14th day of January 2021.


That the said Dele Olomola on behalf of the 1st Defendant made averments to the effect that Mr. Ladipo James Sodehinde the grantee and holder of the land situateat plot 6 femi ayoola layout ring road Ibadan was at the bank to negotiate legal mortgage and has submitted a copy of the title document to the 1st defendant for legal search and verification.

That at all times material of this action elder James Oladipo Sodehinde had died and he had since died since the 3rd day of September 2018 and had been buried since the 26th day of October 2018 at the African Church Cathedral, Owu, Abeokuta.

The claimant will contend at the trial of this suit that the 2nd Defendant acting in concert with staffs of the 1st Defendant Bank at its Oke-Afa branch, whose identifies are unknown to claimant and who are acting under the control and direction of the 1st Defendant in the performance or purported performance of their duties criminally misrepresented to the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development of Oyo State that the deceased Elder Sodehinde approach the 1st Defendant for a loan.

That acting in reliance on the application of Dele Olomola & Company and the affidavit in support of application for application for CTC on behalf of the 1st Defendant and not otherwise the Ministry of lands, housing & urban development issued to the 1st Defendant a Certified True Copy of the Claimant’s property and proceeded to enter same in their record books thus constituting caveat against the sale of the property.

Further to the above a CTC of the document was issued to the 1st Defendant.


The issuance of CTC to the 1st Defendant constitutes an encumbrance on the land.

That it was not until the police opened investigation into the matter following complaint by the Claimant that the 1st Defendant returned to the land’s registry the CTC of the title document it had fraudulently and/or illegally processed and obtained.

The Claimant avers that he cannot come to the true and full knowledge as to the joint and several responsibilities of the Defendants except by discovery.

By a letter dated the 22nd day of June 2021 and addressed to the branch Manager Ecobank-Nigeria Ltd, SEARCH PROCESS, REPORT AND SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT, the 2nd Defendant admitted using the claimant’s hereditament in connection with a mortgage facility as approved by the 1st defendant.

Consequent upon the issuance of the Certified True Copy of the title document of the property situate at SW8/1285 consisting of a storey building and a bungalow registered as No 22 at page 22 in volume 1163 of the Lands Registry, Ibadan to the 1st Defendant for the purpose of a legal mortgage the Claimant had not being able to sell the property precipitating a loss of value.


The Claimant will at the trial of this suit contend that the 1st Defendant was negligent in it’s dealings with the 2nd Defendant by ignoring the canons of lending thereby injuring the Claimant.

By reason of the facts set out above the claimants faced the fear and anxiety of losing their hereditament.

The Claimant is entitled to and claims aggravated and exemplary damages.

It is the contention of the Claimant that even though there was no privity of contract between them and the Defendants, the defendants owed to them jointly and severally a duty of care to make sure the Claimants were not hurt by their actions or inactions.

That the Defendants breached this duty of care they owed to the Claimants.


That the Claimants were hurt as a consequence and have suffered pain and injury and sustained loss and damages.

The matter has been assigned to Igbosere Magistrate Court 10 sitting as Court 2 Yaba, Lagos State.

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CASON celebrates 10 years of professionalising church administration (Photos)



The Church Administration Society of Nigeria (CASON) recently marked its 10-year anniversary with a grand celebration in Lagos. The event took place on September 25, 2023, at the Pistis Hub in Maryland, Lagos.

The theme of the anniversary celebration was “Professionalising The Practice Of Church Administration In Nigeria.”

The event featured esteemed speakers such as Prof. Ademola Tayo, the President and Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Pastor Yemi Davids, the Lead pastor of Global Impact Church, and Mrs. Funke Amobi, the Deputy Head of Operations at Stanbic Bank Plc.
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CASON was established on the principle of leaders joining hands to effectively manage the resources entrusted to them by God.


Pastor Sam Adeyemi, who gave the keynote address at the inaugural conference in 2013, commended Pastor Seyi Oladimeji, the President of CASON, for his unwavering commitment to the vision of the society.

Pastor Adeyemi highlighted that CASON is addressing cultural defects in church administration and bridging the gap between raw resources and refinement.

“There is no much use for raw without refinement, and this is a gap CASON is bridging,” he said.

Prof. Tayo emphasized the importance of innovation and capacity-building within the church. He stated that the church cannot afford to remain stagnant and must strive to maintain order and accountability in its administration.

“The church that lacks order and accountability may put the church administration in disarray,” Prof. Tayo said, “A church that runs smoothly when the GO is not around is a church of the future.”

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Other speakers echoed Prof. Tayo’s sentiments and stressed the relevance and necessity of CASON in Christianity.

In his goodwill message, Bishop STV Adegbite emphasized that the society plays a vital role in the development and advancement of church administration.

The anniversary celebration was a momentous occasion, reflecting the growth and impact of the Church Administration Society of Nigeria over the past decade. As CASON continues its mission to professionalize church administration in Nigeria, it is expected to contribute significantly to the advancement of the church and its effective management of resources.

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Ghana is looking to supply Nigeria with its electricity needs following power grid shutdown



LAGOS- With the goal of achieving “100% universal energy access” and maybe exporting electricity to its neighbor, Nigeria, Ghana has steadily been developing its power sector.

During his presentation in Lagos on the second day of the Nigeria Energy Leadership Summit, Mr. Hanson Monney, the Head of the Generation and Transmission Unit at the Ghanaian Ministry of Energy, made this point, emphasizing that via effective policy development and implementation, Ghana has already attained an impressive 80% to 85% universal energy access inside its boundaries.

“So, we are working on all these things to make sure that the power system of Ghana continues to be as good as it is or even better, and then, maybe, we can be exporting more to our big brothers in Nigeria when the grid is finally settled,” Mr. Hanson Monney said

This declaration follows the second national power grid breakdown in Africa’s most populous country and the continent’s top oil producer, Nigeria which resulted in a total blackout of homes and businesses.


In contrast, Ghana is aggressively pursuing a variety of energy sources, including grid electricity, mini-grids, and solar-dominated renewable energy, to attain “Universal access to energy by 2024” as instructed by the country’s President.

Monney agreed that the geographic limitations make it difficult to provide everyone in Ghana with access to electricity, particularly on isolated islands, riverbanks, or lakeside villages. In response to this, he stated,

“So, now, we are trying to scale our renewable energy access, and that is how we have planned in 2022 to scale up our renewable energy program,” he said.

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Financial sustainability is one of the biggest problems facing Ghana’s power sector, as the country struggles with growing debts and the purchase of surplus capacity.

“There is so much debt that the government has to shore up to make sure that the system is afloat because we have procured a lot of excess capacity, which comes with attendant costs. So, these financial challenges require some policy actions to eliminate legacy debts,” Mooney stated.


Monney stressed the significance of lowering electricity prices, particularly for enterprises, since high electricity bills are a major issue in Ghana. “We saw that in Ghana historically. These industries have been subsidizing the residential sector, and it should be the other way around. Industries should remain viable so that businesses can thrive,” Mooney stated.

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EFCC declares Delta brothers wanted over alleged N330m fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared two siblings from Delta State wanted for alleged fraud of N330 million.

This was contained in a statement issued by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State on Friday.

The anti-graft agency named 55-year-old Faith Onoja and 44-year-old Emmanuel Onoja, both from Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, as being declared wanted by the EFCC.

According to the commission, Faith’s last known address is “Close to Celestial Church, Ekrovie new layout, old Egini road, Orhuehorun, Delta State” while Emmanuel’s last known address is “No 6. Jasmison Street, NPDC/ND Western Estate, Warri, Delta State”.


The statement urged that “anybody with useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the commission” in its offices nationwide.

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