"They Conspired to Steal": Court Remands Pastor, Wife For Alleged N33.8m Fraud

"They Conspired to Steal": Court Remands Pastor, Wife For Alleged N33.8m Fraud

  • The Chief Magistrate of Yaba Magistrate Court, Adeola Olatubosun, has remanded Pastor Azuka Ohez and his wife, Mary Ohez
  • The couple were remanded in prison for allegedly aiding in defrauding a lubricant company of N33.8 million.
  • Magistrate Olatubosun said the couple will remain in Ikoyi Correctional Centre until their bail conditions are met

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Lagos state - The Pastor of Kingdom Power International Christian Praying Centre Ishashi, Lagos, Azuka Ohez and his wife, Mary Ohez, have been remanded for allegedly aiding in defrauding a lubricant company of N33.8 million.

According to Daily Trust, the Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Sabo-Yaba, Lagos after the couple were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

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Courts remands pastor, wife for alleged N33.8m fraud
Pastor Azuka and wife allegedly aid in defrauding a lubricant company of N33.8m Photo Credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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The Prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, told the court that the couple and one Chijioke Ezekirian conspired to steal and receive proceeds of sales from Climax Lubricants Industries in Lagos.

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Momah said the defendants and some others committed the offences on July 13, 2023, at Oba Ayoka Street, Lagos, The Punch reported.

She added that Chijioke Ezekirian paid the total sum of N33.8 million to the couple’s Fidelity Bank KPICPC account numbers 2033723459 and 5600923549.

Momah said the offence contravened Sections 328 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Adeola Olatubosun, ordered that the couple be remanded in Ikoyi Correctional Centre until their bail of N10 million each with two responsible sureties each in like sum is sorted out.

Olatubosun, however, adjourned the case until May 13 for substantive trial.

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General overseer acquired hotel and factory with N1.3b fraud

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed how the General Overseer of Faith On The Rock Ministry International, Apostle Theophilus Oloche Ebonyi, acquired a hotel, pure water factory and other properties with subscribers’ funds.

EFCC said investigations showed that Ebonyi acquired a 23-room hotel, a pure water factory, two blocks of a Primary in Abuja.

The arrested clergyman also bought a two-bungalow office, a five-bedroom duplex and a live broadcast channel with studio equipment for his Theobarth Global Foundation.

Source: Legit.ng

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