A 45-year-old cleric, Dominion Ayendi, who allegedly defrauded his church member of N700,000, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on a three-count charge.
The police charged Ayendi, a resident of Ekoro Road, Abule-Egba, Lagos, with conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, the pastor defrauded Mr Godwin Onaja of N700,000 under the false pretences of using the money to execute a contract.
“The accused solicited for the complainant’s assistance, claiming that he secured a contract to be executed in Cross River, and that he was financially handicapped.
“He collected N700,000 from the complainant with a promise to pay back within three weeks, but did not pay,” he said.
Ogu said that the cleric committed the fraud and theft from Nov. 15, 2016 to…
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