Suspected fraudsters are now making frantic moves to sell Zulikha Abiola Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Abeokuta, owned and founded by late business mogul, Moshood Abiola, the governing council of the institution has said.
The College’s Governing Council raised the alarm, through its solicitor, Mutiu Agboke, in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta.
The college and the parcel of land located along Abiola Way in the town also contain a mosque and is said to have been in use for academic and spiritual purposes.
Mr. Agboke, in the statement, said the suspected fraudsters were conniving with an unnamed family member of the late politician to illegally and fraudulently sell the property.
He said that the Islamic and Arabic School has been on the land since 1978 and was dedicated, through the late businessman’s will, to be an Islamic centre after the demise of Abiola and entrusted to the Governing Council of the institution.
The solicitor added that the first son of the late politician, Kola Abiola, was made the proprietor of the college, stressing that the late Abiola’s family had, at no time, sold, leased or licensed the properties to any individual or group to take charge of the property for the purpose of sale or lease.
Mr. Agboke said that when earlier information filtered about attempt by the suspects to sell the properties, an inscription which reads ‘this property is not for sell’ was written on the walls of the property only to be wiped off by some ‘faceless people.’
He said, “The attention of our client has been drawn to the activities of some unscrupulous elements parading themselves as the bonafide owner of the expanse of land upon which both Zulikha Abiola College of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Zulikha Abiola Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies are built.
“The individuals have been making frantic effort to sell the said parcel of land, with the block of classrooms, mosque and other structures thereon belonging to our client. We reiterate strongly on behalf of our client that the named properties belong to the late Chief MKO Abiola and had been duly entrusted with the Council of the College.
“We write on behalf of our client that the Abiola family had at no time sold, leased nor licensed the properties to any individual or group nor delegated any individual or group to sell, lease or license the properties on its behalf.”
The lawyer, however, cautioned unsuspecting buyers of the properties to desist and avoid any deal with any land agent in their own interest.