The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned one Pastor David Oladele before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defrauding his members of millions in car deals. The pastor, along with others at large, allegedly defrauded six people by failing to remit profits from selling their cars, and issuing them dud cheques.
The vehicles that were obtained allegedly under false pretences included one Toyota Highlander, one Toyota pickup van, one Honda Odyssey, one Nissan Muraino and one Acura 3.2. The police said the accused was given the vehicles to sell, but diverted the money into his personal accounts. Oladele also allegedly issued cheques to two persons, which were dishonoured by his bank. The defendant was arraigned on nine counts of stealing.
The charges read in part, “That you, Pastor David Oladele, and others now at large, between October 2014 and January 2015, at Ipaja, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; obtaining money under false pretences and stealing, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his defence counsel tendered an application for bail. The magistrate, N. A. Layeni, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum. The magistrate said one of the sureties must be a blood relation, one must be a landed property owner, and both must have evidence of tax payments.