A Lagos based Pastor and his wife have been remanded in prison custody by an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday, February 25th for allegedly stealing N63.5 million belonging to one late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.
Pastor Harry Uyanwanne, who is a senior pastor of Temple International Church, Lagos and wife, Oluwakemi were arraigned alongside their church as defendants in the case.
They are being tried on a seven-count charge of alleged conspiracy to commit felony, stealing and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 278, 278 (1) (b), 285, 285(1) of the criminal code of Lagos State of Nigeria, No 11, 2011 and section 1 (2) and (3) Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offence Act before Justice Mojisola Dada.
The prosecutor of the Economic Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr. S.O Daji, told the court that the couple sold the property of one late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola at plot 32, block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja local government to one Mr Kingsley Atere for N42million.
The prosecutor further alleged that the defendants dishonestly converted the sum of N10 million being proceeded of the property of late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola to their own use.
The charges papers made available to newsmen reads: “Harry Uyanwanne, Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (aka Kristein Uyanwanna) and Temple International Church on or about March 18 2016, converted to your own use the sum of N10, 000,000 property of late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.”
The charge further stated: ” Harry Uyanwanne and Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (aka Kristein Uyanwanne) on or about the 14th day of March 2016 in Lagos, by false pretence and with intent to defraud sold the property known as plot 32, Block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja local Government to one Mr Kingsley Atere for the sum of N42million on the false representation that you were authorized to sell the property by the Bonafide owner, late Mrs Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola which representation you know was false”.
The couple, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Daji, therefore, urged the court to remand defendants in custody, in view of the not guilty plea of defendants. He also asked the court for a trial date.
In her ruling, Justice Dada remanded the defendants in the medium correctional facility before adjourning the case until May 5, 6 and 7, 2020.