By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
The police in Osun state on Friday arraigned a pastor of The Apostolic Church in Osogbo, Pastor Ikutanmoni Joseph and two other men before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for allegedly duping one Dr. Adeyemi Gbadebo of a sum of N900,000.
The two other men arraigned with Pastor Joseph are: Alakinde Kayode and Muritala Adewale.
They were accused of conspiring and promised to sell 2 plots of land to Gbadebo, of which they failed to do after obtaining the sum of N900.ooo from him.
The Police prosecutor, Mireti Wilson informed the court that the trio and others at large also demolished a building belonging to the victim.
The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent partly reads: “That you Alakinde Kayode, Muritala Adewale, Pastor Ikutanmoni Joseph, and others still at large, sometimes in 2012 at
Temidire Estate Osogbo, did conspire together to commit felony to with obtaining by false pretense and malicious damage.
“That you (accused persons), on the same date and place in the Osogbo Magisterial District did fraudulently obtain the sum of N900,000 from Dr. Adeyemi Gbadebo under pretense of selling 2 plots of land to him, knowing same to be false.
“That you Pastor Ikutanmoni Joseph and others still at large, sometimes in the month of April 2016 at Temidire Estate, Osogbo, did willfully and unlawfully damage a building belonging to one Dr Charles Olumokun.
Wilson argued that the accused persons committed offenses contrary to and punishable under Sections 517, 419 (A) and Section 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.
But, the three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the three count-charges of conspiracy, fraud and malicious damage pressed against them.
Their Counsels, Messrs. Sunday Atofarati and Abimbola Ige, urged the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.
Objecting the bail applications, the prosecutor explained to the court that the accused persons had earlier abuse the bail granted them stressing that it was difficult re-arresting them.
The presiding Magistrate Olusola Aluko refused the objections made by the police noting that the essence of bail was to secure the attendance of the accused persons in court.
Therefore, Aluko granted each of the accused persons bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in the like sum.
He adjourned the case to January 17, 2017 for mention.