Cele Prophet Docked For Defrauding Lawyer

•Michael Wanami

•The suspect, Michael Wanami

•The suspect, Michael Wanami
•The suspect, Michael Wanami

A lawyer, Mrs. Mary Adepeju Omotayo, has been allegedly duped by a Cele prophet, who allegedly obtained the sum of N3.5 million from her for a landed property in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria

The 36-year old prophet, Michael Wanami, a shepherd in charge of Celestial Church of Christ, C.C.C., Ajose 1 Parish, of 92, Ajose Street, Off Ishawo Road. Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos State, and his accomplice, Mr. Michael Diepreye, 31, have been arraigned before Magistrates’ Court 2, Ikorodu, Lagos on a four-count charge of fraud, obtaining money under false pretence, stealing and impersonating.

According to the charge filed by police prosecutor, Inspector Fola Takunbe, the duo and others at large, were said to have between January and May 2011 in Ikorodu magisterial district conspired  to commit felony to wit, obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

They were accused of obtaining N3.5 million from Mrs. Omotayo with the pretence that they were in position to sell and deliver a property situated at Bakare Estate Lekki Lagos to her, a representation which they knew to be false.

The last count also has it that the prophet and Diepreye in the magisterial district,  not  members of Okolosi family but with intent that they may be taken to be,  did falsely represent themselves as Michael Okolosi and Gift Okolosi, a representation they knew to be false.

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The two accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them and the magistrate Mr. B.A. Sonuga granted them bail in the sum of N1million each with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation and the second surety must be a civil servant on level 12 and above from any of the ministries in Lagos State, and must also have landed property within Ikorodu, Lagos State.

The case was adjourned till 6 June, 2013 while the accused persons were moved to Kirikiri  Maximum Prison, Lagos.

—Debo Adejayan

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