A pastor, Harry Uyanwanne, was arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing N63.5 million, belonging to the late Mrs. Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.
The pastor was arraigned alongside with his wife, Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (aka Kristein Uyanwanne) and their church, Temple International Church.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned them on a seven count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, stealing and obtaining money by false pretense, which are contrary to section 278, 278 (1) (b), 285, 285(1) of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria , No. 11, 2011 and section 1 (2) and (3) Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged Offences. The EFCC prosecutor, S.O Daji, alleged that the defendants sold the property of one late Mrs. Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola at plot 32, block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja Local Government Area to one Mr. Kingsley Atere, for N42,000,000.
The prosecutor further told the court that they dishonestly converted the sum of N10,000,000, property of the deceased (Janet), to their own use.
The charges read: “Harry Uyanwanne, Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (aka Kristein Uyanwanne) and Temple International Church on or about the 18th day of March, 2016, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N10,000,000 property of the late Mrs. Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola.
“Harry Uyanwanne and Oluwakemi Odemuyiwa (aka Kristein Uyanwanne) on or about the 14th day of March 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, by false pretence and with intent to defraud sold the property known as plot 32, Block 9, Magodo Residential Scheme 1, Ikeja Local Government to one Mr. Kingsley Atere for the sum of N42,000,000 on the false representation that you were authorised to sell the property by the bonafide owner, the late Mrs. Odemuyiwa Janet Adeola, which representation you know was false.”
In view of the not guilty plea of the defendants, the prosecutor requested for a trial date and also prayed that they should be remanded in prison custody.
Justice Mojisola Dada, however, remanded the defendants in medium correctional facility and adjourned the matter till 5th, 6th, 7th of May 2020.