Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Pastor Caught for Defrauding Church Member of N7m In Lagos
Greed and things of the flesh are really controlling some men who call themselves pastors:
The Pastor of Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly, Okota, Lagos, Pastor Ikechukwu Ezeiru, has been charged in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court with fraud. He was arraigned on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding a member of his church, Ifeanyi Ohazurume, of N7m.
The police said Pastor Ezeiru collected the money with the claim that he wanted to help Ifeanyi purchase fake auction goods from the Nigerian Customs Service. He didn’t return the money or the goods.
He started "playing" the guy around. It was learnt that the pastor claimed to have given the money to his wife. He wife too claimed she passed the money to someone else....
He was arraigned on three counts of obtaining under false pretences and stealing. The charge reads in part:
“That you, Pastor Ikechukwu Ezeiru, and others at large, sometime in the month of February, 2012, at about 10.00hours at First Bank Plc, Okota branch, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: obtaining property by false pretences and stealing.
“That you on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did obtain the sum of N7m from one Ifeanyi Ohazurume, under the pretext that you are in position to help him buy auction goods from Nigerian Customs Service, a representation you knew to be false.”
The police prosecutor, George Nwosu, who represented the resident prosecutor, DSP Etim Ekankuk, said the offences were punishable under sections 409 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, Nigeria, 2011.
The Pastor pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial. The defence counsel, Razak Adeyemi, applied for his bail in liberal terms.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Demi Ajayi, adjourned the case to April 16, 2014. Pastor Ezeiru was admitted to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
His church member, Ifeanyi, is said to be in shock as he never believed such act could come from his pastor.