- A magistrate court in Lagos state has granted bail to a 37-year-old man who allegedly stole N21 million from a Catholic church.
- The man, identified as Onyebuchi, was arraigned by the Lagos police command.
- The prosecutor arraigned him on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, and breaching of public peace against the Nigerian Police Force (NPF)
Lagos, Ojo - The Lagos state police command has arraigned a 37-year-old man, identified as Onyebuchi, before a Lagos state magistrates' court for allegedly stealing N21 million from a Catholic church.
As reported by the Punch newspaper, Onyebuchi was arraigned on Tuesday, April 18 and would face a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, and breaching of public peace against the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Speaking before the Magistrate, the prosecutor, Inspector Ayodele Adeosun, said the accused had committed the offence at the Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Alaba-Ojo Lagos state, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
Adeosun noted that the money allegedly stolen by Onyebuchi was meant to develop the church, which the accused reportedly converted to his personal use.
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He noted that the accused violated the statutory stipulations of the law, which are in Sections 287, 168 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
After the prosecutor had reeled out all his offences and charges, the accused pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
Court grants bail to the defendant
Reacting to the court proceedings, Magistrate T. A Popoola, in her ruling, granted the accused bail on the condition that the sum of N1 million would be paid with two other sureties in like sum.
Legit.ng gathered that the conditions for the bail include one of the sureties of the accused must be his relative, and both sureties are to present to the court evidence of three years of tax payment to the Lagos state government.
Magistrate Popoola, after reeling out the conditions, adjourned the case till Monday, June 5.
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The victims, believed to be Pastor Paul Mackenzie’s Good News International Church members, said they had been told to fast to avoid “apocalyptic damnation.”
The Kenyan police confirmed the development while noting that the pastor who brainwashed the followers, Makenzie Nthenge, has been arrested.