Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Pastor, Wife Face N4.74 Million Fraud Charge

A couple, who allegedly obtained N4.74 million under the pretext of casting out evil spirits out of a man, was on Monday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates' Court.

The duo - Chidiebere Okafor, 27, and Amaka Akataka, 23 - both residents of No. 18, Sanusi St., Satellite Town, Lagos, are facing a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing and unlawful possession of charms.

The prosecutor, Inspector Samson Ekikere, said that the accused and others still at large conspired and committed the offences at Orile-Iganmu between 2011 and 2012.

According to him, Okafor presented himself as a pastor capable of casting out evil spirits.

"The accused obtained the money (N4.74m) in dollars and naira from Mr Patrick Okoro.

"Amaka also defrauded the complainant of N280,000 which was paid into her bank account.

"The accused had in their possession different types of charms, following a search conducted by the police on them in their apartment," Ekikere told the court.

Ekikere said the offences were committed between Nov. 14, 2011 and March 23, 2012 at Coker in Orile- Iganmu.

He noted that the offences contravened Sections 133, 285, 312, 314 and 409, Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011. The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mrs A. Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail in the sum of N900, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

"One of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused," she said.

The case was adjourned to March 13 for trial.

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