This is no good time for a prophetess, Prophetess Linda Mabi-Praise of Temple of Praise Church located at Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos as she was on Wednesday remanded at the Kirikiri Female Prisons by an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
The prophetess was accused of swindling a company of over half a billion naira in an alleged diesel scam.
The defendant was ordered remanded following her not guilty plea to an eight-count charge of stealing, obtaining money by false pretences and issuance of dud cheques.
“The defendant is admitted to bail of N25million with two sureties in like sum.
“The sureties must be resident in Lagos, provide proof of residency and proof of payment of tax.
“Pending the perfection of bail, the defendant is to be remanded in prison custody,” Justice Solebo said.
The prophetess has at least three fraud related cases before Justices Solebo and Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Court.
According to Mr. Frank Ofoma, the prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the defendant and her company, Mutano Energy Limited committed the offences in 2017 in Lagos.
She is alleged to have received 503.3 million in five tranches from the complainant, Tophara Ventures Nigeria Limited and subsequently issued three dud cheques to the company.
“On April 4, 2017, the defendants fraudulently obtained the sum of 80 million Naira from Tophara Ventures Nigeria Ltd by falsely representing to the company that the money was for costs of diesel importation.
“On April 24, 2017 the defendants falsely obtained 238.2 million Naira from the complainant by claiming that the funds were for the purpose of diesel trade and supply.
“On April 24, 2017, the defendants dishonestly stole and converted 137.1 million Naira from the complainant and sometime in 2017, she also stole 48 million Naira from Tophara Ventures Nigeria Limited,” she said.
The prosecution said the prophetess with an intent to defraud, had on May 3, 2017, issued three dud United Bank for Africa, UBA, Plc cheques to Tophara Ventures.
The first cheque dated October 30, 2015 had the number 77148231 while the second cheque was with number 77148216 and was dated May 3, 2017. Both cheques were for 5 million Naira each.
“On May 3, 2017, she also issued a third cheque for 10 million Naira which had the number 77148217 and was dated May 3, 2017.
“All three cheques were dishonoured on presentation for payment on the grounds were standing in credit in Mabi-Praise’s bank account,” the EFCC prosecutor said.
According to the EFCC, the offences contravene Sections 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act of 2006, Sections 258 (1), 9(b) and 278 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.
The offences also contravene Section 1(1) of the Dishonoured Cheques and Other Related Offences Act 2004.
Trial date has been adjourned until March 25 for trial.
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