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Two Arraigned For Stealing $14m From Church

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The Police in Ogun on Monday arraigned two men, Akapo Paul, 73, and Johnson Shorinnolu, 63, for allegedly stealing $14 million belonging to the West African Christian Mission.

They appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court

The accused, whose addresses are unknown, are facing two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

The Prosecutor, Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in 2015 at about 9:30 pm at West African Christian Mission at No.49 Tarmac Road, Ota.

Mustapha alleged that the accused conspired, as signatories to the bank account of West African Christian mission, to steal 14 million dollars.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 390 (8) (b) and 516 of the Criminal Code Vol.1, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

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The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.I. Adelaja, admitted them to bail in the sum of N2 million each with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be residents within the court’s jurisdiction and should be gainfully employed.

Adelaja also directed the sureties to swear to an affidavit of means and show evidence of tax payments to Ogun Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case till May 20 for hearing.

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