December 1, 2021

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Courtroom to rule August 29 in RCCG pastor’s fraud situation

Justice Oke Lawal of the Lagos Condition Higher Court docket has set August 29 for ruling on the preliminary objection raised in an alleged fraud situation involving a zonal pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Adewale Olajide, and an accountant, Taiwo Akinmolayan.

Olajide and Akinmolayan, who served as the chairman and monetary secretary respectively with the pioneer government of the Island Heritage Estate Affiliation, Denro Ishashi Highway, Ojodu-Abiodun, Ogun Condition, have been accused of defrauding the estate of in excess of N60m.

Members of the government council, who led the association involving 2010 and 2018, were being alleged to have perpetrated the crime.

The alleged fraud was found in 2018 when the council refused to give account of its stewardship to the caretaker committee, which led to the affiliation utilizing the expert services of an auditing organization to audit its account.

Just after all initiatives to get well the stolen resources from the council proved abortive, the affiliation sued the defendants to courtroom.

The association had urged the courtroom to compel Olajide to shell out back the sum of N7,017,795,29, staying the mixture sum transferred from its account to different accounts linked to him, with accruable passions of 13.5 for every cent and article judgement passions of 18 per cent.

The association also urged the court docket to order Akinmolayan to pay back back again the sum of N6,017,795,29 linked to him with pursuits.

Even so, Olajide and Akinmolayan’s counsel, Olu Folorunsho and Chijioke Nwosu, respectively, filed a preliminary objection tough the jurisdiction of the court.

The defendants experienced claimed that the court lacked the jurisdiction to listen to the issue since they had been inhabitants of Ogun State and that the make a difference was presently prior to an additional court in the condition.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, counsel for the association, Mayowa Owolabi, in a counter-affidavit deposed to by one Ojumefor Agha, explained the selection of the defendants to obstacle the jurisdiction of the court docket was frivolous and bogus.

The affidavit study in part, “Contrary to the representation produced in paragraphs 4 (a) of the affidavit of Aina Paula, the defendants do the job in Lagos, within just the jurisdiction of this honourable court. Additional so, the Warranty Believe in Bank whereby the defendants have allegedly diverted cash from, to their accounts, has its head office positioned at Plot 635 Akin Adesola Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court.”

Following listening to the arguments of both of those functions, Justice Lawal adjourned until August 29 for ruling on the preliminary objection.

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