A Magistrate’s court, Ikeja, has adjourned a case of alleged impersonation and forgery against two land surveyors accused of fraudulently presenting themselves as registered surveyors and members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors.The Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN) Lagos State Branch, has called the attention of the masses to the numerous fake survey plans in circulation. The accused persons, Moses Ayodele and Oluwatobi Ononuga were arraigned by the Police for conspiring with others to commit a felony, impersonation and forgery and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.
The suspects were also accused of forging a stamp and seal belonging to a deceased registered surveyor, Late Victor Okolo, to create counterfeit survey plans to unsuspecting members of the public, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 365 subsection (1) of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015. In a petition signed by one Barrister Shamsideen Olaleye who acted as solicitor to Gracias Property and Sylvia Property claimed that Mr Moses Akinsanya Ayodele presented himself as a registered surveyor to their companies and they have had him on the list of the companies’ consultants as one of the companies of registered surveyors. In light of the petition, Mr Moses Akinsanya Ayodele has, in fact, drawn many survey plans for many individuals who had purchased landed property from the companies without any of them knowing that the survey plans were fake.
On Friday, October 26, 2017, Mrs Winifred reported at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Ketu, that the survey plan given to her by one of the surveyors of the companies was fake and after this discovery, she invited the APPSN to intervene in the matter. The Chairman, Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria Lagos State Branch, Surveyor, Odetunmibi Olufemi, confirmed the case saying that “The Association noted that the accused persons prepared the survey plan using the name of a late surveyor and have also been parading themselves as registered surveyors for quite some time before the long arm of the law finally caught up with the suspects” plus the Association is interested in the matter. Odetunmibi, a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, complained that the frequent successful attempts to scam the public are due to the fact that people are always looking for ways to cut corners and to continuously engage quacks rather than experts for their survey jobs. This, according to him is responsible for the numerous fake land surveys in circulation. He urged the general public to develop a new mindset and make conscious efforts to report suspected cases of fake survey plans appropriately whenever they come across any, he called on the residents to be cautious and to ensure they always engage qualified and registered practitioners for their jobs.
The Branch Secretary of the Association Surveyor Adedeji Olanrewaju said when the Association received the report, we immediately intervened in the matter.We are glad that the technical know-how of Mr Moses Akinsanya, as a registered surveyor has been put to rest; the companies have been made to believe that Mr Moses is a registered surveyor all these years. We have it on record that he has his office address at No. 33 Yusuf Street, Araromi Bus stop, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos and has been using the name of a late Surveyor to defraud unsuspecting clients and persons. According to Mr Olanrewaju, if the activities of such imposters are not checked, many innocent citizens will fall victims of their fraudulent activities.