By Joshua Oladipo
A Septuagenarian, Adewale Murtala, was on Friday arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court for allegedly duping the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
He was charged with duping the Church’s branch in Osun province of the sum of N1.6 million.
Murtala, 71, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Taiwo Adegoke, alleged that Murtala committed the offence in February 2012 at Temidire Estate in Osogbo.
Adegoke alleged the accused fraudulently obtained N1.6 million from Pastor Alade Samuel for a piece of fake land.
The plot of land bought by the pastor for the Church from the accused person belonged to another person.
The prosecutor said the alleged offence contravened sections 419 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code cap 34 vol.11 laws of Osun, 2003.
Murtala pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his Counsel, Mrs Oketade Olufunke, prayed the court to grant bail to the accused with liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mrs Halimatu Bashiru, granted bail to the septuagenarian in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
Bashiru said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, attach an affidavit of means and evidence of tax payment.
She said the sureties must also produce two passport sized photographs, and adjourned the case till Dec. 21 for hearing. (NAN)