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The Police Command in Lagos has arrested one MacDonald Iwara, for allegedly defrauding his church members of N5 million.

NAN reports that the 33-year-old who was arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, Lagos on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the crime levelled against him.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Stephen Molo, while presenting the case told the court that the defendant committed the offence between 2017 and 2020 at Ikota road, Lagos.

Molo revealed that the defendant pretended to be the General Overseer of Our Daily Manna church, Chris Kwakpovwe to carry out his unlawful acts.

He said the defendant defrauded the church members by collecting huge amounts of money in the form of tithes and offerings from them.

“He even went as far as creating a fake account in the name of Kwakpovwe and members paid their tithes and offerings into the account,” Molo said.

According to him, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 314, 78, 168 (d) and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2015 (Revised).

Delivering Judgement, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Adedayo however, adjourned the case until March 2, for mention.

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