Pastor, Wife Remanded Over Alleged N63.5m Fraud
An Ikeja Special offences Court, Lagos, today, remanded a pastor and his wife in prison custody of National Correctional Services (NCS) for alleged stealing of N63.5 million belonging to a deceases, late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.
The said Pastor and his wife, Harry Uyanwanne, a Senior Pastor of temple international church and Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (a.k.a Kristein Uyanwanne) were also arraigned alongside with their church, Temple International Church.
The Pastor and his wife were docked on a seven-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, stealing and obtaining money by false pretence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. S. O. Daji are all contrary to and punishable under sections 278, 278 (1) (b), 285, 285(1) of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria , No 11, 2011 and section 1 (2) and (3) Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offence Act.
The EFCC’s prosecutor Daji, told the court that the couple sold the property of one late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola at plot 32, block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja local government to one Mr Kingsley Atere for N42 million.
Daji told the court further that the defendants dishonestly converted the sum of N10 million, the property of late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola to their own use.
According to the charge sheet, ” Harry Uyanwanne, Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (a.k.a Kristein Uyanwanna) and Temple International Church on or about the 18th day of March, 2016, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N10,000,000 property of late Mrs. Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.
The charge further states that “Harry Uyanwanne and Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (a.k.a Kristein Uyanwanne) on or about the 14th day of March 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, by false pretence and with intent to defraud sold the property know as plot 32, Block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja local Government to one Mr Kingsley Atere for the sum of N42,000,000 on the false representation that you were authorized to sell the property by the Bonafide owner, late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola which representation you know was false
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.
The prosecutor, in view of the defendants’ plea, asked the court to remand them in the NCS’s custody and a trial date be set
Conceding to the prosector’s request, Justice Mojisola Dada held that “in view of the application of the prosecution, the two defendants are to be remanded in the medium facility Nigerian Correctional Services, pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications.”
The further hearing of the charges against the couple is adjourned till May still 5, 6 and 7, 2020.