The Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU) has arraigned two church workers of Mountain of Liberation and Miracles Ministry (a.k.a. Grace Nation International, Liberation City) at an Ikeja High Court for an alleged N13 million fraud.
The duo, Ms Success Ibilibor Udoka and Ms Prosper Chinonso Iheukwumere were brought before Justice Hakeem Oshodi on a four-count charge.
The police through their Head of Legal Department, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson told the court that the police was ready for trial and urged the court to take their plea.
Udoka and Iheukwumere pleaded not guilty.
Their counsel, Mr Nicholas Akahabue prayed the court to grant them bail on self recognition and liberal terms.
Akahabue told the court that he was willing to stand for the defendants as surety if the prayer was granted and also to ensure that the said money was refunded to the church before the end of the trial.
Jackson did not oppose the bail request but urged the court to grant them bail on a condition that would ensure they appeared for trial at the next adjourned date.
Justice Oshodi granted the defendants bail on self recognition and ordered that the defendants should deposit the sum of five million naira with the court’s registrar within 30 days.
Similarly the judge ordered the defence counsel to deposit his certificate of “Call to Bar” within thirty days with the court registrar as a guarantee to always present the defendants for trial.
The judge also ruled that in the event they were unable to meet up with the bail conditions within stipulated time, the defendants shall forfeit the bail.
The matter was subsequently adjourned till May 19 for trial.