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ON Sunday, November 21, Sunday Olowokudejo, a native of Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State, petitioned the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

His plea to the traditional ruler was simple: To mediate in an agro-commodity investment dispute between him and Ooni’s ally Gbenga Eyiolawi (Aare Kebimapalu of Ibadan).

Eyiolawi is the chief executive of Titan Farms Investors.

Olowokudejo had believed his investment would be safe since Eyiolawi is recognised by the Ooni, but his presumption failed him.

Gbenga Eyiolawi flanked by the Ooni of Ife and Sunday Dare, the Minister of Sports.

He was among those who invested large sums of money in the failed farm project run by Eyiolawi but are unable to get their principals and returns.

“I only joined the business and invested my hard-earned money there because I understood they were an agro-commodity trading company and it’s not like other Ponzi schemes.”

The arrangement was such that investors were entitled to about 30 per cent return on investment (RoI) every three months.

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“My marriage is just a year old and we have a little baby. We are on the edge of being homeless…,” the email to Ogunwusi, a copy sent to Eyiolawi, read.

How it started

On April 14, 2021, Olowokudejo invested N400, 000 for eight units of shares in a rice project – for a period of three months. This ought to mature on July 14, 2021, with a 25 per cent return. This implies, he was expected to receive N500,000.


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While the above investment was running, Olowokudejo made another investment of N200,000 on June 16 for another period of three months. Likewise, the new investment was to mature on September 16, 2021, with a 25 per cent return. In other words, he was supposed to receive N250,000 (being principal, N200,000, and  25 percent RoI, N50, 000).

Sunday Olowokudejo other investment

Rather than claim his RoI from the first investment,  Olowokudejo, on July 8, decided to roll over his first capital of N400, 000 and the RoI of N100, 000, which was already due for payment (N500,000). The roll-over was for 10 units of new rice shares.

This investment lasted for another three months and was supposed to mature on October 8, 2021. With the new deal, he was prepared to receive the sum of N625,000 (25 percent of N500, 000), but his investment has remained stuck months after.

“I was waiting to be paid in September for my second investment that is due for payment, only to receive an email about restructuring, that investors capital will be fixed for a period of six months. Then, I had no option than to comply and give them a go-ahead.”

“To my surprise, I got the same restructuring email for the first investment that I rolled over, that is, the October investment payment, while I was waiting to be paid also.”

He eventually disagreed with the idea of rolling over his initial profit because of an urgent need to renew his rent.

Sunday Olowokudejo’s investment certificate

The money, he said, was projected for the rent.

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He was scheduled to renew the rent on or before November 30, 2021. That was the deadline given by the owner of his apartment.

The November 30, 2021 deadline came but he did not see the money.

One too many

Since the Federal Government refocused on diversifying the economy, mainly through the agricultural sector, Nigerians have witnessed several agric investments that ended up failing.

Reasons for the failure are not unconnected to poor insurance, farmer-herder crisis, post-harvest losses and lack of due diligence, to mention but a few.

On December 20, The ICIR probed how several phony agric investment companies fraudulently deceived Nigerians into failed agric schemes.

Few among those identified in the earlier report were Menorah Farms, SGL Farms, Ajebo, Farmerboy.ng, and Ho Corn, among others.

Aside Olowokudejo, there are 11 others, some based abroad, who also invested in the farm business, according to sources.

Titan Farms confirm N875, 000 investments, failed payment plan  

On seeing the email to the Ooni, the firm’s Customer Relationship Manager Ayoola Olaniyi requested Olowokudejo’s contact details for a private conversation.

By December 5, Olaniyi confirmed the two investments – N625, 000 and N250, 000 made by Olowokudejo – and she apologised for the delay.

She explained that the N625, 000 was deposited in an account which was now frozen. She assured that payment would be effected once the account was unfrozen.  As for the N250, 000, December 11, 2021, was set as the payment day.

Fifteen days after, no payment came in. Rather, Olaniyi emphasised her initial stand that the CEO’s business accounts were frozen.

“We apologise for whatever your family is going through due to the delays in payment and we accept responsibility for them all.”

The ICIR found that the accounts were frozen by the orders of a court when other investors who could not get their principals and returns decided to follow the law.

Meanwhile, the situation confronting Olowokudejo is not peculiar. There are several other Nigerians who have fallen into similar dubious investments and have been unable to recover both capital and ROI.

The accused, however, acknowledged the default. He attributed the failure to an ‘internal battle’ within his firm. But he did not disclose the supposed battle when he held the firm’s annual general meeting (AGM) in September 2021.

“If we want to keep taking your money, we will continue to take it, but as a business, it would be a foolish move to continue making investments when we have liabilities we are yet to settle…

“So, we rather stick to our status quo and ensure the money in the business generates enough funds to pay you. Delayed but not denied, slow but steady, that way, we are sure of what we are doing as a business entity.”

Attempts by The ICIR to contact Eyiolawi failed. He did not respond to calls and a text message sent to his phone.

On January 12, this reporter also reached out to him but got no response.

Agric ministry calls for due diligence

The Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Theodore Ogaziechi advised the affected persons to make official complaints to the ministry in Abuja.

He also advised that such complaints could be made to the right security authorities such as the State Security Service (SSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Though he acknowledged some of the problems, he emphasised the need for the public to conduct due diligence before investing their resources in whatever investment.

“We have tried to advise the public against it, but I am just hearing about this one. It is when they report that we can know.”

“We have a website they could visit. People should clarify from authorities to ascertain whether the things they are about to invest into are actually true or false.”

Olugbenga is an Investigative Reporter with The ICIR. Do you have a scoop? Shoot him an email at [email protected] Twitter Handle: @OluAdanikin

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I also have an investment of 400k with them invested since last July and the money isn’t forth coming. I’d appreciate any help in recouping my money

  2. thank you for bringing it to this point. My case is so pathetic,i invested with this same Titan farms. I investment 600k to be paid 750k in early May 2021,which has long been matured and due for payment since August 9th. The said money is office cooperative money in my custody. i was suppose to return it to office by 1st week of December 2021. i begged Mr Gbenga to pay me to enable me save my job even half but he keep playing me until i was sacked. I have kids to feed, school fees to pay, i have loan to seevices and i am out of job. how do I survive this?i have sent sms, calls,chatts,Instagram everything, over and over again but to no avail . Since Jan i have been sending daily massage to him all in vain ,please help me because of my kids help!

  3. I also have an invesfment with thesame titan farms, whichbis due since september last year. Up till now, i have not recieved a dime from both my capital and roi. Sent several messages through their instagram page, whatsapp, sms, and many other means available, but all has proved abortive. This has clearly shown that titan farms and its owners obviously set out from the beginning of this scam called investment to defraud people of their hard earned money. This is money meant for my business and house rent. Right now my business has folded up and i had to go pack out of my house late last year to a smaller place with my family. It has really been a hard hit on me.

  4. I’m also an investor with titanfarms. I invested 600,000 the money I was supposed to use for business, hoping to get it back September and first week of November to start up my business. I don’t even know what to do, no job no money for business. Please kindly help

  5. I invested a sum of 50,000 naira only since July last year 2021 till now I haven’t see or receive any dime from this fraudulent man, irresponsible CEO of titanfarmsng, koni dafun man yen oooooooo

  6. All agro investments in Nigeria is now a scam. They have turned investment into an avenue to fraud people.
    Titan farm’s CEO, is owing alot of people and he’s
    a chronic liar.

  7. I also invest 1m naira in titan rice. The man agreed to use my money to give me products only because he felt I was the owner of an instagram account someone is using to post his scam and dirty deals. When I sent boy brothers to his office to get the products as promised, Mr Gbenga Eyiolawi told his worker to snatched my brother phone from him, provoked them to fight and arrested them and looked them up at police station at orita change ibadan. The man is the real devil.

  8. Hmmmm thank you so much for this infact am facing same dilemma with same Titan farms as I write I have an investment of 1.2million to be paid 1.5million which has long been matured and due for payment since September 9th which is ment for my business which I am suppose to start this January in order to assist my family and husband as we all know times are really hard and the country is not helping. Since September till date I have sent several messages to no avail pls kindly help .

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