A female member, Kemi Abbas, on Wednesday appeared in an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing her pastor’s N52,000. Abbas, 26, who resides in llupeju, Lagos, however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Mr. Kehinde Olatunde, the Prosecutor, told the court that the accused actually committed the offence on September 30 at St Christopher Spiritual Church, C&S llupeju, Lagos. He also said that the accused stole N52,000 belonging to her pastor, one Mr Kolawole Oye.
“The pastor was attending to some members of his congregation during a counselling session when his phone rang.
“He could not hear the caller because of the noise of the generator set, so, went outside to receive the call.”
The Prosecutor said that when the complainant came back to his seat, he noticed that an envelop left on his table that contained N52,000 has disappeared.
“He quickly raised an alarm and threatened those he left in the office with death if the money was not immediately returned and confession made,’’ the prosecutor said.
Olatunde said the accused fell on the groud and confessed that she saw the envelop but only took N5,000 and did not know who took the rest money and the envelop.
The accused was granted bail by the Magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola in the sum of N25,000 with one surety in like sum and also adjourned the case until October 30 for mention.