- Two members of Living Faith Church in Ota have been arrested for allegedly stealing N38 million
- The suspects, Afolabi Samuel and Blessing Kolawole, were arraigned for colluding and stealing money belonging to the church
- Samuel and Kolawole, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge as the case was adjourned
The police in Ogun, on Wednesday, February 13, arraigned two staff members of the Living Faith Church, Canaanland in Ota, Afolabi Samuel, 46, and Blessing Kolawole, 39, in an Ota magistrates court in the state for allegedly stealing N38 million.
The police charged Samuel and Kolawole, whose addresses were not given with two counts of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence between Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 15, 2018, at about 10am at the Living Faith Church, Canaanland, Ota.
Mustapha alleged that the accused persons conspired and stole N38 million belonging to the church.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 390(2)(6)(8b) (9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun state, 2006.
After the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.
Chief Magistrate Mathew Akinyemi admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of N2 million each with two sureties each in like sum.
Akinyemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun government. He adjourned the case until Wednesday, February 20 for further hearing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna on Monday, February 11, confirmed that operatives of Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested the party’s former chairman, Alhaji Yaro Makama.
The publicity secretary of the party in the state, Abraham Catoh, confirmed the arrest in an interview.
It was also gathered that the arrest of the former chairman is coming about 72 hours after the spokesperson of the party’s state campaign council, Ben Bako, was arrested over alleged inciting and hate speech during a campaign rally.
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