Bishop arraigned in court, lands in prison for N500m fraud

The Police in Enugu say a cleric, Bishop Ginika Obi, recently arrested for his alleged advance fee fraud involving over N500million, has been remanded in Enugu Prison.

The spokesman of the command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement on Tuesday said the bishop, whose church/office is at Km 111, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Enugu, had been alleged to have tricked many people to pay huge amounts of money to him.

He reportedly claimed that he would help his victims reap bumper financial dividends in return.

Amarizu said Obi was arraigned on October 11 at an Enugu Federal High Court presided over by Justice A. Liman.

He said the suspect had been in prison custody since October 12 and that further hearing in his case has been scheduled for Novemeber1 and 2, 2017.

He said: “His offences ranging from conspiracy and advance fee fraud were committed in conjunction with others now at large.

“On October 11, he took his plea after his 82 counts of conspiracy and advance fee fraud was read to him.

“He was later remanded in police custody based on the plea of his defence counsel to be brought to court on October 12 for further hearing.

“He was later remanded in prison custody as he could not meet his bail conditions.”.

Amarizu said that the suspect’s arrest and arraignment followed several petitions against him and others now at large for allegedly swindling unsuspecting members of the public.

He said that the bishop and his alleged cohorts disappeared without traces until the command, through intelligence, closed on him in a hotel in Enugu.

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