Adewale Murtala, a 71-year-old man has met with his downfall after duping the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Osun province. Murtala was arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate for allegedly defrauding the church of N1.6 million. The chief magistrate, Halimatu Bashiru, granted a bail of N500,000 to the defendant. A 71-year-old man Adewale Murtala is currently on trial for duping the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Osun province, Punch reports. Murtala was arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate for allegedly defrauding the church of N1.6 million.
At the assumed hearing, the police prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke, informed the court that the accused person defrauded the church in February 2012. Adegoke said the incident occurred at Temidire Estate in Osogbo at about 12.45 pm. Murtala who is facing a two-count charge is accused of obtaining N1.6 million from a pastor, Alade Samuel to sell a piece of land – belonging to another person – to him. The crime, the police said contravenes Sections 419 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol.11 laws of Osun, 2003. While Murtala pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, his counsel, Oketade Olufunke asked the court to grant the defendant bail.
The chief magistrate, Halimatu Bashiru, granted a bail of N500,000 to the defendant. The court also asked the defendant to produce two sureties who would also pay N500,000 each. The judges also ruled that the provided sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and submit an affidavit of means and evidence of tax payment to the court registrar. Bashiru further adjourned the matter to Wednesday, December 21 for commencement of trial.
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