Man drags pastor to court over N6.3m diesel fraud

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A 53-year-old pastor, Ogundoju Akindele Clement, was on Friday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding a businessman of N6,336,000 in a diesel deal in Lagos.

Clement is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, false pretense and stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Feddy Asu told the court that the defendant committed the offences on February 8, 2019 at about 5pm at AA Rano Depot, Satellite Town, Lagos.

“The defendant conspired together with others at large with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N6,336,000 from Akinyosoye Gbenro under the pretense of supplying 33,000 litres of diesel to him, a representation he knew to be false,” Asu said.

The prosecutor also said that the defendant stole the sum of N6,336,000 through FCMB account number 2310882016 property of Akinyosoye Gbenro.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 411, 314 (1) and 287 (5)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate M.O Olubi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must furnish the court with proof of livelihood and three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The sureties must be resident within Lagos and one of the sureties should be a civil servant not below Grade Level 7.

He adjourned the case till March 25, 2019 for mention.