An Islamic cleric, Abubakar Olawale, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N520,000 on the pretext of conducting a ‘special prayer’ on her behalf, was on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Olawale, 35, a resident of No. 9, Taiwo Toyin Street, Abule-Egba, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on November 22, 2014 at Ladipo in Oshodi, Lagos.
He said that the accused obtained N520,000 from one Mrs Bilikisu Akintoye on the pretext of buying items for the ‘special prayer.’
“The accused duped the complainant of N520,000 on the pretext of helping her to make sacrifice,” he said.
Olatunde said that the accused accosted the complainant on her way from work and told her that he had a prophecy concerning her.
“The accused stopped the complainant on her way and delivered the prophecy to her about her family and her business.
“He told her that God told him to tell her that she should make sacrifice so that all the evil things that are about to befall her family and business will be averted.
“The accused demanded N520,000 to buy rams, birds and other items so that he can assist her to do the sacrifice.”
The prosecutor alleged that after collecting the money, the accused did not call the complainant again.
He said that the accused was later arrested after 10 month.
Olatunde said that the offences contravened sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
The Magistrate, Mr A.O. Aka-Bashorun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till October 14 for mention.