PASTOR CHARGED TO COURT FOR 58MIL NAIRA FRAUD

General Overseer of Christ Glory International Gospel Centre, Pastor Chris Anyalebechi, was yesterday arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged N58 million fraud. He was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

The accused had earlier been arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the same court on September 5, over the same offence during vacation. However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the twocount charge upon his re-arraignment.

Upon his not guilty plea, defence lawyer, George Ibekwe, informed the court that he had filed a formal bail application for the accused. He also disclosed that the affidavit in support of the bail application was deposed to by the accused person’s wife, Mrs. Ada Anyalebechi.

The counsel urged the court to grant the bail application. In the absence of any opposition from the prosecution, Justice Idris granted bail to the accused in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in the like sum. He then adjourned the matter till November 28 for commencement of trial.

The accused a in charge marked FHC/L/367C/2016, was alleged to have sometimes between April 2014 and March 2015, conspired with some other persons, now at large, to obtain the said sum from Nestor Nwankwo of Zicozeen Nigeria Limited, under false pretence of buying used ship and selling same in parts or scraps on behalf of the company.

The offences are contrary to Section 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.

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