Crime

Cleric Arraigned for Alleged Fraud

A 55-year-old man who identified himself as an Islamic cleric, Sheu Adewoye, has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N5 million from a bricklayer on the pretence to secure a contract for him from Abuja. 

The cleric was arraigned on two counts bordering on obtaining by false pretence, fraud and stealing. 

The prosecutor, Mr Taiwo Adegoke told the court that the cleric committed the offence between December 2018 and April 2020 at Ido-Osun area, Osogbo. 

The charge sheet states that “Sheu Adewoye received the total sum of Five Million Naira from one Raheem Ajadi with the pretence that he wanted to assist him to secure building construction contract from Abuja through one Justice Adeleke, knowing same to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 419 of the criminal code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

He added that the offence contrary to and punishable under section 390(9) of the criminal code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two-count as he told the court that he was a cleric who prayed for people and owner of a Quranic school.

The complaint in the matter, Raheem Ajadi explained to the Magistrate that he was a bricklayer, cement dealer and trader in building materials in Ido-Osun. 

The Magistrate, Mr Opeyemi Badmus, granted bail to the defendant with the sum of N1 million and two sureties. 

He adjourned the case to 20 August 2020 for hearing. 

Adenitan Akinola

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