Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court Lagos yesterday remanded the general overseer of a pentecostal church, Pastor Chris Anyalebechi in prison over an alleged N58million fraud.
The judge ordered that the accused be remanded in prison after he was arraigned by the Special Fraud Unit of Nigeria Police (SFU), on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
The police had alleged that the accused had sometime between April 2014 and March 2015, conspired with some other persons now at large, and obtained the said sum from one Nestor Nwankwo of Zicozeen Nigeria Limited, under false pretence of buying used ship, and selling same in parts or scraps on behalf of the company.
The offecnces according to the police are contrary to sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences, Act, 2006, and punishable under section 1(1)(a)(3) of the same Act.
The accused, who was not represented by a counsel, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Based on his plea, the prosecutor, a chief superintendent of Police, Asuquo Effiong, urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending trial.
Justice Kuewumi adjourned the matter till October 17, for commencement of trial.