An Ogba Magistrates Court, Lagos, on Wednesday heard the case of a 64-year-old pastor identified as Gabriel Olakitan who allegedly defrauded a businessman, identified only as Cornelius, of N3 million in a land deal at Ayobo, Lagos.
The accused reportedly sold a plot of land which had been handed over to him by a London-based friend, Bayo, to the businessman for N3 million and had issued the businessman a receipt to that effect.
Bayo was said to have given the pastor the piece of land to sell for N2.9m, but after collecting N3m from the businessman, Pastor Olakitan only paid N1m into Bayo’s account.
Trouble started for the Pastor when Bayo came to Nigeria sometime in 2014 and reportedly stopped workers hired by Cornelius to clear weeds on the land for construction.
The case was then reported at the Area M Command in Idimu, where an agreement was said to have been reached that the pastor would refund Cornelius his money in instalments.
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Meanwhile, the pastor reportedly confessed to the fraud, saying he had spent part of the N3 million to settle a land case in Ogun State.
Pastor Olakitan failed to keep his own end of the agreement and was re-arrested by the police from the Ayobo division. Cornelius told the police that all efforts to reclaim the land or get his money back had been futile.
The police prosecutor, Inspector E. Ayomide, told the court that the accused was charged on two counts bordering on fraud. Olakitan pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mrs. O.J. Awope, the presiding magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned to August 12, for mention.