Some residents around the office of the late Fatai Yusuf popularly called ‘Oko Oloyun’ at Igando area of Lagos State on Tuesday said that they had not witnessed any protests against his operations.
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They, however, described the deceased as a generous philanthropist during his life time and would be missed by many, mostly the needy.
They told a correspondent of NAN who visited the place that he would be greatly missed by those who had benefitted from his generosity in the past.
They also said that they were not aware that some of the people who invested in his ponzi scheme called `Option C’ ever staged a protest there after his untimely death.
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They said that if there had been any protest, the family would have invited the police to beef up security around the office to forestall any breakdown of law and order there.
NAN reports that the office of ‘Oko Oloyun’ called De-Fayus International Limited, Igando, was locked and devoid of the high volume of activities the place was known for before the death of its founder.
NAN also observed that it was not cordoned off by the police neither was there the presence of police personnel around the office premises which was calm and serene.
It also reports that Yusuf, 43, was shot dead by yet–to-be-identified gunmen on the Eruwa-Igbo-Ora Road in Oyo State on Thursday.
He had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
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There was a media report that some of those who had invested in his ponzi scheme called `Option C’ staged a protest in front of the deceased’s office asking that they wanted their funds.
They were alleged to have threatened that they would stage another protest on the day the `fidau’ prayer in memory of the deceased would hold.
Segun Rasheed, an ‘okada’ rider around the deceased’s office said that he had been transporting passengers to the office on a daily basis since his demise.
Rasheed said that he had never come across a gathering of people claiming that they were duped and wanted their money back from any scheme.
He added that he was not aware that the deceased was operating any ponzi scheme during his life time.
“I did not notice anything out of the ordinary since Yusuf’s death. The area has been calm and his office locked temporarily because of his death,” he said.
Also, Festus Ogunwale, an artisan claimed that he was aware of the ponzi scheme but that he never participated because he did not believe in gambling.
Ogunwale said that he was not aware that some people came around the deceased’s office because of money he owed them.
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Mrs Iyabo Ramon, a petty trader, said that she was not aware that the deceased was running any ponzi scheme alongside the herbal products he was selling to his customers.
“I only know that he used to brew herbal drinks to cure different types of ailments. I am not aware of any ponzi scheme,” she said.
Fatiya Ogunsola, a petty trader who sells fruits around the place, said that she never noticed the gathering of any investors at the deceased’s office after his death.
“I sell fruits at the bus stop; therefore, I am aware of most of the happenings around my area.
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“I never saw a gathering of any ‘investors’ that said they invested in any ponzi scheme being operated by the deceased while he was alive,” she said.
Fatimoh Yekini said that the deceased would be greatly missed because of his generousity toward the needy in the area.