The previous judge was transferred
An Ikeja High Court on Thursday fixed February 23 for the re-arraignment of three pastors who allegedly defrauded Angel Estate Residents Development Association in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos of N7.9 million.
The accused persons, David Eshiet (44), Samson Ugbara (47) and Adesanmi Aderoju (43), were charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The defendants would be re-arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose.
They were previously arraigned on March 13, 2013 before Justice Olabisi Akinlade on a six-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and uttering. The defendants had all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail in the sum of N2 million each. Their re-arraignment was necessitated by Mr. Akinlade’s transfer to the Lagos High Court in Igbosere.
The EFCC counsel, Ben Ubi, had alleged that the defendants conspired to fraudulently obtain the sum of N4 million and $25,000 (N3.9 million) from the complainants.
Mr. Ubi claimed that the money was obtained on October 27, 2011, under the guise of helping the complainants to source for a loan of $100 million (N15.9 billion). He said the association wanted the loan to finance some community projects and the defendants had obtained the money as processing charges.
The prosecutor said the defendants forged various documents which were used in facilitating the fraud. According to him, after collecting the money, the defendants failed to secure the loan as promised, which made the complainants to petition the EFCC.
He said the offences contravened Section 1, (sub-sections 1, 2, 3) and Section 8 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Mr. Ubi said they also contravened Sections 363 and 364 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.