An Ilorin Magistrate Court yesterday ordered the remand of a Bishop with Salvation Cathedral, Owerri, the Imo State Capital, Umukehi Orji, who allegedly defrauded a man of a sum of N6, 380,000, in the Federal Medium Security Prison, Mandala, Ilorin.
The clergyman was said to have connived with two others, Prince Emeka Jeb and Chinenye Ihuoma both of No. 1, Eze-Adi Ezeadi, Imo State (now at large) to swindle the victim, Mr. Ajape Suberu of No. 4, Olorunshogo, Saw-Mill Area, Ilorin, Kwara State.
He was arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust and obtaining money under false pretence, which contradict Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, Act Cap A6 Law of the Federation of Nigeria.
It was gathered that the victim, Suberu, alleged that on May 17, 2013, Prince Emeka and his sister, Chinenye both at large, met him in front of Central Bank, Ilorin and introduced themselves to be representatives of Beta Life Electronic Business Services, Alaba International Market, Lagos.
According to him, the suspects deceived him to be organizing promo bonanza and collected N6, 380,000 after which they promised to distribute electronics on or before June 27, 2013.
“Since then the suspects were nowhere to be found Police First Information Report (FIR) on the matter stated that during the course of investigation at the State Intelligence Bureau, Nigeria Police, State Headquarters, Ilorin, the Bishop was arrested”, he added.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Azua informed the court that investigation into the case was still going on with every effort to arrest other members of the syndicate who are at large.
While the defense counsel, Barrister S.O. Ike, prayed the court to admit the accused to bail pending the outcome of investigation, submitted that he would not jump bail if granted, the prosecutor objected to bail of the accused and urged the court to remand him in prison custody pending the outcome of the investigation.
The trial Magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Adeniyi, therefore refused the oral application of the defense and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Medium Security Prison, Mandala, Ilorin until August 1st, 2013 when the case would come up for further mention.