A Magistrate's court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has adjourned a case of alleged impersonation and forgery against two fake land surveyors accused of fraudulently presenting themselves as registered surveyors and members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors NIS, for further hearing, just as the Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria APPSN, Lagos State Branch, has called the attention of the general public to 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 felony to with 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 prepare 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.
Also, 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.
According to 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 suspecting that the survey plans were fake.
On Friday October 26, 2017, one Mrs. Winifred reported at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Ketu, Lagos, that the survey plan given to her by one of the surveyors of the companies was fake and subsequent upon this discovery, she invited the Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria APPSN, Lagos State Branch to intervene.
When contacted the Chairman, Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria Lagos State Branch, Surv. 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 them, adding that the Association has shown interest in the matter.
Odetunmibi, a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors NIS, also noted with grave concern the activities of quacks and unscrupulous elements parading themselves as Land surveyors.
He lamented the frequent and often successful attempts to swindle the public due to the fact that people are always looking for ways to cut corners and to continuously engage quacks rather than professionals for their survey jobs. This, according to him is responsible for the numerous fake land surveys in circulation.
While urging the general public to develop a new mind set 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.
Also Speaking the Branch Secretary of the Association Surv. Adedeji Olanrewaju, said when the Association got the report, "We immediately intervened. 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".
He said that if the nefarious activities of such impostors are not checked, many innocent citizens, businessmen and women will fall victims of their fraudulent activities just like both companies and the petitioner, Mrs Winifred.