Spiritualist accused of N8.7m fraud

BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS — A 34-year-old spir-itualist, Isiaka Adeleke, was yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly defrauding one Abdul Oladunjoye of N8.7 million.

The accused is facing charges of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.

It was alleged that Adeleke committed the offences sometime in March.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Austine Onwemere, informed the court that the accused collected N7 million from Oladunjoye under the pretext that he would pray for Allah’s blessing on the money to facilitate the transport business of the two trucks he wanted to buy.

“The accused also collected N1.7 million from the complaint to purchase one Lexus car from the United States of America for him, a representation he knew to be false,” he stated.

Onwemere told the court that the accused, with intent to defraud, dishonestly obtained and converted all the money he collected from Oladunjoye to his own personal use.

According to the charge, the offences contravened Sections 285, 312, and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

However, when the plea of the accused was taken before Magistrate J. A. Adegun, he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Adegun granted the accused bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till November 24.

 

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