A 41-year old female Bishop, Rev. Mrs Adline Ngozi of the Gods’ Bible Church in Lagos State was Wednesday charged before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court for her alleged involvement in fraud and duping of members.
The female clergy was alleged to have obtained the sum of N1 million each from two members of her congregation, Mrs Temitope Kadri and Dr. Mrs Ishaq Olanrewaju under the guise of investing in a five-year deposit scheme with an interest of N100, 000 every month.
According to PM Express, the victims allegedly fell into the trap and gave her the money since last year and were expecting the returns.
But to their utmost shock, they realized that the whole investment was a scam.
However, when the victims asked for return of their money after the duping had happened, the Imo State-born clergy reportedly threatened to place a curse on them to scare them from demanding for the money.
The victims consequently reported the matter to the police at Idimu division.
Rev. Ngozi was then arrested and charged to court with fraud under the Criminal Code.
At the court sitting yesterday during her arraignment, she pleaded not guilty.
In her ruling, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. J.O.E Adeyemi granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The clergy was remanded in prison custody pending perfection of her bail terms.
The presiding magistrate adjourned the matter till 19 April 2017 for hearing.
Three siblings were Wednesday paraded by the police for allegedly selling poisonous beans to members of the public.
The traders; Faith Ogbona, Chidioke Ogbona and Sunday Ogbona were arrested on Adenekan Street, Alagbado, Lagos State, following a tip-off from a resident who caught them applying sniper making it a poisonous beans.
One of the suspects, Chidioke, 18, confessed that the use of insecticides on the beans was to prevent it from being infested with insects.
He said his preservation method was deduced from the use of Sniper to kill rodents.
“I just saw it (Sniper) as something that kills insects and decided to use it to preserve the beans and kill the insects therein. I was applying the chemical for the first time when a woman approached me and warned that it was dangerous.
“A few minutes after, some policemen came to arrest me. My brother (Faith) was not around when I put the Sniper in the beans.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirming the news to reporters said the act was suspicious as Faith the eldest amongst them and owner of the shop offered to bribe the police.
“The excuse the owner of the shop gave was that he was mixing pesticide with beans and that he had been selling it like that. He approached the DPO, thinking he could easily settle the case and get the two other suspects released. He offered her N500,000, but she rejected it.”
“The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.”
Meanwhile, Faith, who said he started the business four years ago denied offering bribe to the DPO.
He said: “In Maiduguri, if my suppliers wanted to preserve beans, they put DD Force or Sniper in water and spray it on the beans. It will be stored for about three or six months, depending on the quantity of chemicals applied.
“I have never mixed beans with chemicals, but I have been buying the one with chemicals from Maiduguri.
“If it is stored for a long time, it is not dangerous for human consumption.”
The police in Lagos have arrested a certain Muslim cleric, Kazeem Alimson, popularly known as Alfa, for allegedly killing a three-year-old boy, Chiagozie Okereke at the White Sand area of Isheri-Oshun, Ejigbo, Lagos.
A 15-year-old boy, Simon Kanu, confessed that he was paid N500 by the said Muslim cleric, Alimson to lure the baby to the cleric.
Simon said the baby was killed with a heavy stone in his presence.
Speaking with newsmen, the deceased’s mother explained that her baby went missing around 7.pm on Tuesday after she brought him out for his evening bath.
She said, “When I finished bathing the younger one, I went inside to get the wrapper to strap him in order to enable me bath the other child. But on getting outside, I didn’t see my baby again. The sister said he went into my neighbour’s house but I didn’t see him there and when I asked, they said he went out with Simon.
“I called my son’s name but there was no response. Later, we saw Simon that night, I asked him about the whereabouts of my son, he said he did not see him.
“Simon took my son, strangled him with his shirt and stoned him to death. He is my third child. I feel hurt. My heart is broken. I need justice.”
It was gathered that the Isheri Osun Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Emeodi Camilus, who got a tip-off, rushed to the scene and arrested the two suspects.
During interrogation, Simon, a primary six pupil revealed that the Alfa took him and the child to an uncompleted building where the boy was stoned to death.
“I went to site and I saw how he killed Chigozie,” he said.
Speaking further, Simon said, “He tied him up and was making incantation before hitting him with a stone three times. He said he would kill me if I told anybody. He also showed me his juju knife and that he would use it to kill me if I told anyone.”
But the cleric, however, denied the allegation, claiming that he is not a ritualist.
His words, “I was in my house sleeping when I heard people shouting. When I came out, I saw some policemen and when I asked, I was told that they saw a dead child.
“I went back inside, and 30 minutes later, the police came back and arrested me. I don’t know the boy and I have never spoken to him.”
At this point, the teenager cut in and said, “You are lying. He was giving me sign with his eyes not to talk. I saw you when you were using the stone to hit him until he died.”
The Divisional Police Officer of Isheri Osun revealed that the boy’s lifeless body was discovered in the suspect’s house after a search was conducted.
He said the suspect would soon be charged to court when investigation was concluded.
A 40-year-old man, Oluwaseyi Owoeye who allegedly lodged in a hotel, accumulated bills to the tune of N1.7 million has been charged before an Igbosere Magistrate court in Lagos.
The prosecutor, Inspector Ingobo Emby, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence between November 2013 and March 2014.
He told the court: “the defendant unlawfully lodged in Dover Hotel, located in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, in Eti-Osa Local Government Area and accumulated bills to the tune of N1.7 million and refused to pay.”
The magistrate, M. Owumi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000, with two sureties in like sum.
He said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, show evidence of three years tax payment, have their addresses verified and adjourned till March 27 for mention.