A realtor, David Timilehin has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a controversial land deal involving a prophet of the Celestial Church of Christ, Marcus Tibetan and a former first lady of Ogun state, Omolara Akintonde.
Timilehin is accusing Tibetan of collecting N65.5 million from him to procure land near the recently inaugurated Dangote refinery in Lagos state.
In a letter dated June 15 to the EFCC, Timilehin’s lawyer, Ayo Durojaye said his client has been like an adopted son to the prophet, and that his client also sees the cleric as a godfather which is why he trusted him.
In 2022, Tibetan reportedly informed Timilehin of the availability of two hectares of land (30 plots) supposedly in Ketu, Epe area of the state, belonging to Akintonde, a member of the prophet’s church.
Timilehin claimed he paid the N65.5 million cost of the land to the prophet to be transferred to Akintonde.
However, after one year, no land is yet to be allocated to Timilehin; also, he claimed he did not receive a receipt of payment or any documentation of the land. Instead, he has been involved in a back-and-forth conversation with the prophet and Akintonde.
Moreover, Timilehin discovered that the land is not close to the Dangote refinery and that it belongs to the Lagos state government and is not meant for private use.
With all these, Timilehin began requesting a refund, saying he was no longer interested in the deal.
Tibetan has however denied the allegation in an interview with TheCable, saying he never received any money from Timilehin, despite evidence of bank transfers to the prophet.
Akintonde has also insisted that she has no business with Timilehin since he didn’t pay the money to her account.
Timilehin said the prophet and the first lady are yet to refund his money and both of them have blocked his contact and there are indications they have travelled out of the country.
“I keep telling them that I am too young for what they are making me pass through. It’s like they want to kill me before my time. The regard I have for the prophet is no more. I took him as a spiritual father. But he has betrayed that trust,” Timilehin said.
“At one point, he sent me his account details showing how he transferred money to Akintonde. But I discovered that the account he sent money to is a company account belonging to one Mid-Oil Petrochemical Company which is allegedly partly owned by Akintonde.”
“But since I had no direct dealings with Akintonde, the onus is on him to collect the money back from the woman and pay me. What the woman is saying is that she did not collect money from me, which is true. I paid the money to the account of Prophet Tibetan
“I have suffered so much in the last few months since I began the battle to get my money back. I am not asking for any other thing apart from my money. Let him return my money. Nigerians who know Prophet Tibetan should prevail on him to return my N65.5 million.”