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Nigerian man convicted for lying his family died in fire accident

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A Nigerian man has been convicted for lying that two members of his family died in Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, West London.

Nigerian man convicted for lying his family died in fire accident lailasnews


The fraudster claimed his sister and nephew died in the Grenfell Tower fire to secure accommodation and more than £40,000, has been convicted of fraud in the U.K.

54-year-old Abolaji Onafuye, claimed the cash after telling volunteers he was related to two real victims of the fire. He was put up in a hotel for nearly a year before being moved to a flat.

The convict denied fraud, but was convicted at Isleworth Crown Court of two counts of frauds by false representation. He is due to be sentenced on 18 December.

The 14 June 2017 fire in Kensington, killed 72 people. Prosecutor Michael Phillips, said:

“Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy but saw an opportunity to benefit himself, both financially and with accommodation.

Our prosecution was able to prove he had repeatedly and intentionally lied and that his post-arrest story that it had all been an innocent mistake was just an attempt to escape the consequences of his cruel deception.”


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330 Comments

  1. How I trust my country men. We don’t waste time to grab any available opportunity let justice prevail oo

  2. To bad he was caught but what was he thinking he should kwn the such stories the truth must surly come over… So sorry for him

  3. Nigerians Sha. Because of money. You are lying. But come to think of it, what if his clam was true. How did they know that he is lying. Anyways, Nigerians nowadays do anything to get money

  4. Nigerian people abroad seeking accommodation and spoiling the name of our dear country. UK law will tell you what you did.

  5. Too bad for him, how can he use his family in his fraud!!! This is not making sense all in the name of money.

  6. This well constructed lies that will lead him to where he never want to be. After gaining luxury thing from lies one day you will live it an go when death show up.

  7. Nigerians and there love for money…they can’t stop rubbishing our image….imagine for money he decided to claim loss….for how much…Some Nigerians are so money thirsty …he should have realised that that isn’t Nigerian…they can easily expose him and throw him in jail

  8. The man has prove himself and where he comes from….a land that we lies to build houses and buy cars….it serve him right ✔️.may this reach to those that has it in mind to tarnish the image of this country at large….

  9. This is so annoying , you are lying with death because of money abi? go and face your sentence and may have mercy on you.

  10. He thinks that place is like Nigeria where u lie and get away with it, knowing fully well that he’s in a foreign land he still went ahead to fraud them there without thing about the consequences. Some people out there in foreign land are the ones tarnishing the image of Nigeria in fact if he manages to get out of this and be deported he should also he dealt with in Nigeria so that all these will stop.

  11. How can you lies against a whole human being. I don’t know why Nigerian like tarnishing our reputation over there

  12. Why lying because of money Nigerian people, stop bringing shame to country.
    Because enjoyment you put yourself into biggest problem.

  13. He was sourcing for means of survival but he shouldn’t have resorted to fraud style. Anyways, let him face judgement so others can learn and repent. There are better ways of surviving than crooked means.

  14. Sorry your not smart enough. This the problem we are facing in this country corruption has eating deep into the bone marrow of every Nigeria its a pity. Carry your cross.

  15. Stop bringing shame to this country again, this is lazy people Mr President was talking about, Nigerian people stopping lust for money.

  16. Anything can happen as far as money is involved. .so the man wanted to use the opportunity and cover up his act.. let him face the consequences, that serves him right. .

  17. He didn’t have to do that, one can get to his destination without doing evil. Let stop putting bad name on Nigeria

  18. IS SO SAD THAT MR ABOLAJI HAS NO CONNECTION TO THIS INCIDENT BUT CLAIM TO BE CONNECTED TO THIS VICTIM SO AS TO MAKE MONEY,PLEASE MY FELLOW NIGERIA IN DIASPORA IF YOU ARE DOING NOTHING THERE PLEASE COME BACK LETS DEVELOP OUR COUNTRY

  19. Imagine lying should we say is cos of poverty or self centered people don’t even fear death anymore.

  20. Hmmmm. Someday we’ll all be totally free from negative mindset that had formed our paradigms. How can a man do that? The world is truly coming to an end

  21. He should face the penalty of his act what a dubious,most of our Nigerian men and their cunning ways he will his lesson the hard way

  22. So sad that things like this are the reasons white men don’t like blacks…….they believe we’re all fraudsters

  23. And that’s how they spoil the image of our country.
    Painting us red,if he needed help,he would have just said than getting himself into this type.of problem

  24. Hahahh you think UK is Nigeria where everything goes.. Get ready to spend sometime in jail. At least you have enjoyed for almost a year.. Lol

  25. Haba! Nigerians Sha, The Way Some Nigerians Are Disgracing Nigeria Outside The Country NIA Giving Me Headache. They Find Legitimate Job To Do

  26. His a crazy man, very mad,, check it will he did it for welfare from the government,, or a rich relatives,, but Good don catch him

  27. He is only being smart and shows that Niger blood flows inside of him. Smart guy but you know it’s difficult in that society where everything works.

  28. What we never stopped doing at home, it followed us to anywhere we go especially we Nigerians. Justice shouldn’t be prejudiced with immediate effect

  29. Why some of our Nigerian peoples always like to put the name of our country in a black book of other countries. It is unfair oo

  30. That lie is so expensive no matter how hard the situation is there other things to use no using death prank. People forget that the tongue is very powerful. besides you are too responsible to lie sef.

  31. I think this is gradually tarnishing the image and integrity of Nigerians everywhere and this is so unfair, he should dealt with accordingly.

  32. Why lie with the dead… Na wa oo… People are so desperate and wicked… They do anything just to get cash and what they want

  33. NIgerian again. Abolaji you no fear of God and human how lie with the death innocent people in other get money and accommodation. I give you 20years in prison

  34. money lures some into evil and deceptive life,
    He was trying fraudulent act,and
    let him bear the consequences of his action

  35. Nigerians and there love for money…they can’t stop rubbishing our image….imagine for money he decided to claim loss….for how much…Some Nigerians are so money thirsty …he should have realised that that isn’t Nigerian…they can easily expose him and throw him in jail

  36. This is a dubious act that is condemned every where be cause of money lying down looking your family just like that

  37. If you guys keep making this country look so bad and corrupt out there, what happens to others here that would like to travel too. How would they be viewed or see as? Is very rare you see good commendation about a Nigerian but when you hear of a crime or bad incident, your mind will be shocked that a Nigerian must be among. This is where the system works fine and after enjoying government benefits for a year, you are caught. Good for you and hope you be jailed to serve as a lesson to others to think twice before engaging in such fraud and lies.

  38. 9ja pple why now? U suppose no go lie now? Everything will be ok soon y are u in a haste? Just faz the consequences in a foreign land.

  39. Since there is no evidence to his claims , he should be persecuted according to his crime. He definitely has a hand in their death

  40. This life is full of mysteries, the things that happen these days are signs of end time. God help your children.

  41. Hmmmm this is huge how did they get the information that he was indeed lying. On the other hand since we Nigerians believe we are smart and can trick anybody “sharp man no be theif

  42. The man should face the consequences of his action, next time he won’t lie in other to get assistance and this will also serve as a lesson to other people out there who like lying in other to gain something from someone

  43. The love for money and material things is the root of all evil, he lied because he want to be OK but forgotten the reward that follows. May God show him mercy

  44. life of mysteries, such a heartless man, he should be judged accordingly, i guess he has hand in the death of the family

  45. People can be unpredictable, how can he claim to have lost families in the disaster just to be able to benefit house and money from the fire disaster, now he has bought embarrassment and trouble upon himself

  46. Nigerians will always show theirselves. He thinks he’s in Nigeria were the truth will never come out and even if he does it will be concealed.

  47. This is what we call corporate fraudsters. If God should wicked him now by making the false claims of the man to come true, will he be glad about it?

  48. how earth can someone close his eye a lied that his nephew and daughter died in order to collect money from generous innocent people and hinder those that really need from this charitable people? what a wicked world

  49. A full grown man telling lies to fill his greedy self up. He should go and enjoy £40,000 and free accommodation in jail.

  50. i think he deserves life sentence,that how its start,from then he start swindling other people of their hard-earn money

  51. Why are some Nigerians like this? Must we always disgrace our country in another country. I think he should me dealt with seriously. And return to Nigeria to face ur relatives

  52. How did they know his lying, Are they his family, is there family they, they family his?? Nonsense and jubril

  53. See what money can do to people just because of money you have to claim the death of another people as your family member. Nawa for some people honestly.

  54. I wasn’t surprised he’s a Nigerian. We can lie about anything even our life as long as money and financial aids are involved.

  55. Why is it that some Nigerians have decided to tarnish the image of our country because of money? All these things should stop o! That’s why Nigerians are subjected to all kinds of things oversea.

  56. That’s serious. It’s no news to us. Nigerians are known to be fraudstar, especially the part where the convict is from in Nigeria.

  57. Family as a whole dead because of self satisfaction. He’s a big lier and a fraudster indeed. He should suffer and paid for it by law.
    Nigerian!

  58. As big as he is lying on sometimes terrible like this just because of money…. I wish they can punish him for that.

  59. When will Nigeria be able to put fraudsters like this behind bars. There are so many people ripping off the the government one way or another and nothing is being done about it.

  60. A Nigerian is a Nigerian anywhere in the world.
    It’s this kinda act that makes foreigners think that every existent Nigerian is a fraudster.
    Those outside the country, please represent us well.

  61. Nigerian at it again? Why will this man tell this lie that his sister and nephew are victims of fire disaster? Now when he was caught, he said it was an innocent mistake! What an irony! He must be prosecuted for his fraudulent activity.

  62. *This well constructed lies that will lead him to where he never want to be. After gaining luxury thing from lies one day you will live it an go when death shows up.

  63. There is nothing people won’t do, and all this things didn’t profit him anytime but it landed him in court

  64. The man did what he thought would benefit him for long, forgetting that London investigation is far different from Nigeria’s

  65. Good for him. May all those that want to soil the name of this country be expose more in Jesus name amen

  66. No matter how the jungle dry the lion must feed, lol nigga taken advantage of fire disaster to survive I swear if na me I go say even me myself follow burn inside the fire

  67. That is not Nigeria where u can do anything and get away with it,the man should face the consequence of what he did,having enjoyed the benefit for over a year.

  68. Nigerian man convicted for lying his family
    died in Grenfell fire in … The man had lied that his sister
    and nephew had died in a fire accident

  69. Nigerian man convicted for lying his family
    died in Grenfell fire in … The man had lied that his sister
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  70. Can you imagine,does he thinks is Nigeria,where you can lie and go with it for life.Let him face the law.

  71. Nigerians we got the sense ehn…my brother just used to opportunity…sharp sharp…he tried sha for them not catching him over a year…the guy is smart

  72. Very soon, all this countries won’t grant Nigerians visa into their country again, we’re too cunning and dubious

  73. Why should you lie because of the compensation or what. You are spoil the name of the country. And is not speaking good of you.

  74. We Nigerians are full of fraud, imagine that kind of lie, if his real relatives die now he will say it’s the work of the village people

  75. That man has an ulterior motive. He has other intentions . otherwise why would he like about his family?

  76. That’s a Nigerian name which means he’s a Nigerian and has just added another piece of shame yo the name Nigeria

  77. Na Waooooooo. More stories everyday. Nigerians and there love for money…they can’t stop rubbishing our image….imagine for money he decided to claim loss….for how much…Some Nigerians are so money thirsty …he should have realised that that isn’t Nigerian…they can easily expose him and throw him in jail

  78. The whites are meticulous in ivestgation. Till today we’re still searching for Deleting Giwa’s killers

  79. This is bad for a man to deny his family, this a typical example of a man that their children wouldn’t recognized them in the future…

  80. Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy but saw an opportunity to benefit himself, both financially and with accommodation.
    This is what I called everyday for the thief one day for the owner

  81. Just imagine d type of lie dat some one used his family and lie just cos he want to collect money from people. When will Nigerians stop fraud.

  82. This is bringing bad name for Nigeria. Making it look like Nigerians are crooks. When will Nigerians learn to live straight. It’s a shame

  83. Sorry your not smart enough. This the problem we are facing in this country corruption has eating deep into the bone marrow of every Nigeria its a pity. Carry your cross.

  84. these people just want titanic the image of this country with their lies. I’m happy at least he’s being caught and punished others will learn from that..

  85. Why lying because of money Nigerian people, stop bringing shame to country.
    Because enjoyment you put yourself into biggest problem.

  86. Some people can seize opportunity to commit oh…OMG! Get ready to be prosecuted for telling lies…prison is calling sombody…be prepared.

  87. Some people can seize opportunity to commit oh…OMG! Get ready to be prosecuted for telling lies…prison is calling sombody…be prepared.you may pay for all you hav been given in the past.

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