Police Arraign Elderly Men For Stealing Church’s $14m

The police in Ogun State today arraigned two men, Akapo Paul, 73, and Johnson Shorinnolu, 63, for allegedly stealing 14 million dollars belonging to the West African Christian Mission. They appeared before an Ota Magistrates Court.

The accused, whose addresses are unknown, are facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

The prosecutor, Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in 2015 at about 9:30pm at West African Christian Mission at No.49 Tarmac Road, Ota.

Mr. Mustapha alleged that the accused conspired, as signatories to the bank account of West African Christian mission, to steal 14 million dollars.
He said the offences contravened Sections 390 (8) (b) and 516 of the Criminal Code Vol.1, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, A.I. Adelaja, admitted them to bail in the sum of N2 million each with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be residents within the court’s jurisdiction and should be
gainfully employed.

Ms. Adelaja also directed the sureties to swear to an affidavit of means and show evidence of tax payments to Ogun Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case till May 20 for hearing.


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