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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Conspiracy: Court remands 2 “fake pastors’’

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A Senior Magistrates’ court, in Mararaba, has ordered that two suspected “fake pastors”, should be remanded in prison custody pending their bail application.

The accused, Bisong Otu, 28, and Monday Luka, 30, both of Masaka in Nasarawa State, are charged with criminal conspiracy and obtaining under false pretext.

Senior Magistrate Iliya Aku gave the order after the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

Aku ordered that they should be remanded in Keffi Prisons, until they are able to engage the services of a lawyer to file written bail application.

He then adjourned the case until June 18.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl Hemen Donald, had told the court that a report was lodged at the `A’ Division Police Station on the matter.

He said the report was lodged by one Ms Ikung Glory of Calvary Road, Mararaba Division Police Station on June 3.

Donald said the complainant had gone to bank to withdraw N8, 000 from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), only to be robbed on her way back home.

“The accused persons had stopped the complainant on the way and introduced themselves as pastors.

“The accused persons allegedly hypnotised her into parting with the N8, 000, a Techno cell phone and an ATM card,’’ he told the court.

 Donald said after the accused collected the money, cell phone and ATM card from the complainant, they ran way.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 292 of the Penal code respectively.

If convicted, the accused are liable to a prison term of about five years or with an option of fine. (NAN)

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