Breaking: Lagos Pastor Couple Charged with N33.8m Fraud

Breaking: Lagos Pastor Couple Charged with N33.8m Fraud

In a startling revelation, Pastor Azuka Ohez of Kingdom Power International Christian Praying Center, and his wife Mary Ohez, have been remanded in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Lagos State, Nigeria. The pastor couple, arraigned on charges of alleged fraud, find themselves at the heart of a controversy that has sent shockwaves through the community.

The couple stands accused of defrauding a lubricant company, Climax Lubricants Industries, of a whopping N33.8 million. An accomplice, Chijioke Ezekirian, involved in the alleged fraudulent activities is still at large. The incident, which reportedly took place on July 13, 2023, has now come to light, casting a shadow over the reputation of the religious institution involved. The stolen funds were allegedly received through bank accounts associated with Kingdom Power International Christian Praying Center, further muddying the waters.

Bail and Court Proceedings

The Chief Magistrate, Adeola Olatubosun, presiding over the case at the Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, set their bail at N10 million each. Two sureties are required for each defendant, pointing to the gravity of the allegations and the court’s intention to ensure a thorough investigation. Despite the charges, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The accused actions contradict Sections 328 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, charges that encompass conspiracy and fraud. The case has been adjourned until May 13 for the commencement of the substantive trial. The unfolding scenario will be keenly watched by observers, who are waiting for justice to prevail in this case of alleged religious fraud.

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