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Reverend Father sent to prison over N11.75m fraud

A 55-year old Reverend Father with the Assembly of God Church in Warri, Delta State, South-South Nigeria, Rev. Moses Emonena, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining N11,750,000 from Samuel Oladele Fatai under the pretence of giving out his daughter to him in marriage.

Police alleged that after the complainant paid the accused the money, he married out his daughter to another man.

The accused was arrested by operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, FCIID, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos following a complaint by Fatai and arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of felony, wit obtaining money under false pretence.

Police Counsel, Supol Henry Obiazi, informed the court in charge No B/22/2018 that the accused committed the offence between November, 2016 and March, 2017 at Egbeda area of Lagos.

Obiazi told the court that the complainant reported to the Police that he approached the accused to give out his daughter to him for marriage and that the accused gave him several conditions to fulfill before he could allow him to marry his daughter.

The complainant stated that he was shocked that after he fulfilled all the conditions given to him running into N11,750,000 by the accused, he gave out his daughter to another man in marriage

Obiazi added that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 411 and 314(3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges in the open court and Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku granted him bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum who must be civil servants.

Botoku adjourned the case till 27 April, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, till he fulfilled the bail conditions.


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.