A 32-year-old Awobola Babatunde, a security man with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, was arraigned at an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday for allegedly opening a bank account in the name of the General Overseer, Pastor E.A Adeboye.
The accused who pleaded not guilty, is facing a four-count charge of stealing, impersonation, conspiracy and opening an account in Adeboye’s name and attempting to cash a cheque of N600,000.
Aighoi Gbemileke, a police Inspector and the prosecutor, said the accused with others still at large, committed the offences on June 6 at No. 1/9, Redemption Way, Ebute Meta, at 9.00 a.m.
The prosecutor who disclosed that the accused stole a Fidelity Bank cheque valued at N600, 000 belonging to the RCCG General Overseer, said: “The accused falsely presented himself as Pastor Adeboye by opening a savings account at Aguda, Surulere branch of Fidelity Bank in his name.
“He opened the account in order to cash the cheque and convert the money to personal use. Babatunde also opened the account in order to be stealing money from the church as they plan to pay in more cheques,’’ Gbemileke alleged, adding that the offences violated Sections 285, 378, 404 and 408 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs B. Folarin-Williams, admitted the accused to a bail of N100, 000 in addition to two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be blood relations of the accused and also produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.