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NIGERIA: Deeper Life Pastor Arrested, Arraigned For Duping Church Member

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Men of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos have arrested and arraigned a pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Festus Agim, for duping one of his church members, Mr. [B]Chibuike Ikegwuonu[/B], of N1m.

Pastor Festus, 45, was charged before Agbomalu Magistrate’s Court, Ajegunle, Lagos, with three counts of felony, stealing and duping Mr. Chibuike of the money under the guise of investing it.

According to the police, Festus, a pastor in the...

Apapa parish of the Church, on September 29, 2008 conspired with one other, now at large, to obtain the money under false pretences.

The offences were said to be punishable under sections 449, 312 (a) and 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.

When the charges were read to him, Pastor Festus pleaded not guilty. He was granted bail by Chief Magistrate E. Ogundare in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate said the sureties must provide evidence of tax payment to the state government, affidavit of means and verifiable addresses. He then adjourned the case till April 27 for further hearing.