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Court Remands Prophet In Prison Custody over N59.7m fraud

Court Remands Prophet In Prison Custody over N59.7m fraud
Court Remands Prophet In Prison Custody over N59.7m fraud

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, November 5, 2018, arraigned one Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, Founder, Power of The Holy Spirit Evangelical Ministry, Lagos before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The Prophet was charged on an 11-count charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N59, 760, 000 (Fifty-Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) only.

According to the report by EFCC, the complainant, Obinna Ezenwaka, a former employee of  Fidelity Bank Plc, alleged that he was introduced to the defendant’s church in 2015 in his efforts to find a solution to what he described as a “spiritual problem”. It was reported that Prophet, Illongwo,  upon knowing  the status of the complainant, was said to have mentioned a business, which he claimed would benefit both of them as well as the church.

He was also said to have lured Ezenwaka to buy a property located at Diamond Estate, Festac Town, Lagos State worth N59, 760,000, with the assurance  that they would resell it to a Chinese company at the cost of N150million. However,  Illongwo allegedly reneged on his promise after receiving  the money, which Ezenwaka claimed  was generated from accounts of various customers of the bank. .

Ezenwaka,  who also alleged that Prophet lllongwo  diverted the money to his personal use, claimed that he was dismissed from the bank over the issue.The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, A. Yerima , asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. The defence counsel sought bail on behalf of his client. However,  the Judge refused to hear the bail application at today’s proceedings. .

After listening to both counsels, Justice Solebo remanded the defendant in prison custody and adjourned to November 14, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and November 19, 2018 for commencement of  trial.

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