Victor Aniekon, a Lagos-based clothier, has accused Olatunji Davies, a car dealer, of absconding with his N1.7 million.
Aniekon told FIJ that he paid Davies the stated amount to help him get a 2010 Camry Sports car in October 2020. The clothier said he felt encouraged to release the money to Davies because he had always known him to be a car dealer.
The clothier stated that he paid Davies N2.26 million after he told him the car’s cost.
“Because my wedding ceremony was to be held in December 2020, I paid him so that he’d deliver the car to my doorstep. He initially told me the car would arrive in November, but came up with a story when it was time for him to deliver,” Aniekon said.
Aniekon stated that Davies told him the cargo the car was supposed to be shipped with failed to arrive Lagos in November 2021.
“I gave Davies the benefit of the doubt till December 2020, but he still did not deliver the car to me,” Aniekon said.
“In the same December, he called to tell me that the car had landed and was in Apapa. But when I asked to see the car, he ‘dribbled’ me. He told me I would have to wait till January 2021 to see it.”
The clothier said he visited Davies’ house in January 2021, only to discover that the car dealer had moved out.
Aniekon said when he was eventually able to speak with Davies on the phone, the car dealer claimed he did not move out of his apartment because of his failure to deliver the car he had paid for to him.
“It was at that moment that I started having a very strong feeling that something was not right,” the clothier said.
“Davies told me the car had accumulated demurrage because he had not cleared it. I told him to just pay me what I paid him because I was no longer interested in the purchase anymore, but Davies would not.”
Aniekon said he later reported the case to the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba, Lagos, but no step was taken by the officers there to help him in getting justice.
He said he also tried asking Davies’ friends for his new location since the police would not help him but none of them agreed to help.
“In January 2022, he sent me N500,000. He also promised to pay me N200,000 every month, but he has since defaulted,” Aniekon said.
When FIJ called Davies, he said he would pay back every month, adding that he had assured his client that he would pay.
“I had some issues and I lost about N60 million. But I will pay him every month. I told him too. I will pay up to N200,000 monthly,” he said.
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