by Paul Agada
A cleric, identified as Kabiru Adebayo was arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, for allegedly defrauding his follower, Oluwadamilola Oyesomi, of N4.3m.
Reports have it that the suspect collected the sum on the pretext of performing some sacrifices for his victim.
According to PUNCH Metro, Kabiru allegedly collected the sum of N4.3m from the victim over two years and converted same to his personal use and disappeared when he learnt that the police were on his trail.
Kabiru was arrested by the police who had been on his trail for a year, and afterwards arraigned on two counts of fraud and stealing.
He however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Police prosecutor, Ben Emuerhi, told the court that Kabiru was arrested a year after committing the crime. He added that the defendant committed the offences alongside others still at large in December 2018 at Pen- Cinema, Agege, Lagos Mainland.
Emuerhi noted that the offences contravene sections 280 (1) (a) (b) and 314 (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
During the hearing, the Court Magistrate, Sule-Amzat admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case till February 24, 2020, for mention.