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Pastor re-arraigned over N58m fraud

By Innocent Anaba

The Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of Nigeria Police Force has re-arraigned the General Overseer of a pentecostal church, Pastor Chris Anyalebechi, before Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, over alleged N58 million fraud.

Pastor Anyalebechi, who is the General Overseer of Christ Glory International Gospel Centre, situated at Lasunwon, opposite Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos, was arraigned on a two count-charge of conspiracy to defraud and obtaining under false pretence.

The accused was first arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi led-court sometime in September 5, on the same count charge.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the SFU’s prosecutor, Mr. Effiong Asuquo, informed the court that the accused had earlier been arraigned before Justice Kuewumi, when the court was on vacation and urged the court to allow the charge to be re-read to the accused for his plea to be properly taken.

Justice Idris granted the prosecutor’s request and ordered that the charge be read to the accused.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the two count-charge.

The accused in charge marked FHC/L/367C/2016, was alleged to have sometimes between April 2014 and March 2015, conspired with some other persons now at large, obtained the said sum from one Nestor Nwankwo of Zicozeen Nigeria Limited, under false pretence of buying used ship, and sell same in parts or scraps on behalf of the company.

The offences, according to the police, are contrary to Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(1)(a)(3) of the same Act.

The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, admitted him to N10 million bail with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the matter to November 28.


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