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Cleric remanded in prison over N2m fraud

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By Bartholomew Madukwe

LAGOS—An Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court in Lagos has remanded in prison custody a cleric, Reverend (Mrs) Precious Amanze, for allegedly defrauding a widow, Oluwatoyin Simonson, of N2 million under false pretence of assisting her to clear her debt.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. J. O. E. Adeyemi, who granted the accused N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum, ordered that she should be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of her bail conditions and adjourned the matter till March 7.

It was gathered that the widow introduced Amanze to an American drug manufacturing company called Clean Shield to market their drugs in Nigeria with a specified bonus to members, which would be sent through Amanze’s bank account by Clean Shield.

Problem started when bonuses started coming into Amanze’s account for several months for members to share, but she reportedly refused to inform other members or pay them.

The matter was reported to the police at Area ‘M’ Command, Idimu.

Police requested the details of the payment by the U.S. company and it was discovered that Simonson had a bonus of over N2 million, which was signed off by Amanze without her consent and knowledge.

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