Holy Crime Pastor docked over N58M fraud

A man of God and General Overseer of a church in Lagos has been arraigned in court for defrauding a businessman of N54 million.

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A Lagos State-based man of God, Pastor Chris Anyalebechi, has been docked at the Federal High Court by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the State Police Command over an alleged N58 million fraud.

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Guardian reports that Anyalebechi, the General Overseer of Christ Glory International Gospel Center, Ikorodu, was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud and obtaining under false pretense.

It was gathered that the accused had earlier been arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the same court on September 5, 2016, on the same charges when the court was on vacation and had to be re-arraigned to allow the charge to be reread to the accused for his plea to be properly taken.

At the resumed hearing of the case, the prosecutor for SFU, CSP Effiong Asuquo, told the court that Anyalebechi had, between April 2014 and March 2015, allegedly conspired with some other persons now at large, to obtain the said sum from one Nestor Nwankwo of Zicozeen Nigeria Limited, under false pretence of buying a used ship, and sell same in parts or scraps on behalf of the company.

The offenses according to the police are contrary to sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences, Act, 2006, and punishable under section 1(1)(a)(3) of the same Act.

When the charges were read to the GO, he pleaded not guilty and his counsel, George Ibekwe, informed the court about his client’s earlier bail application.

Ibekwe also informed the court that the affidavit in support of the bail application was deposed to by the wife to the accused person, Ada Chris Anyalebechi, and urged the court to grant the bail application.

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Granting the request's defendant, Justice Idris granted bail to Anyalebechi in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in the like sum.

The case was then adjourned to November 28, 2016, for the commencement of trial.

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