19-Year-Old Student Steals Pastor’s Signed Cheque, Withdraws Huge Cash

An Ojo Magistrates’ Court on Thursday arraigned a 19-year-old student Identified as Miracle Okiugbo who allegedly stole her pastor’s N665, 000.

The accused, who resides in Ojo area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Uche Simon had told the court that the accused committed the offences with two other still at large on July 6 in Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.

He narrated that the accused stole the pastor’s signed cheque, went to his bank to withdraw N665,000 and shared it with her accomplices.

”The pastor was shocked when he received an alert that he had withdrawn N665, 000 from his account. He quickly rushed to the bank where he watched the footage of its CCTV leading to identifying and the subsequent arrest of the accused,” the prosecutor added.

The offences which contravened Sections 285,312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 312 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining money under false pretences while Section 285 stipulates a three-year imprisonment for stealing.

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

The Chief Magistrate Titus Abolarinwa in his ruling granted bail to the accused in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Abolarinwa said the the two sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case till Oct. 18 for mention.

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