Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Port Harcourt-based minister, Gobari Maxwell, of the Believers' Love World Ministry otherwise known as Christ Embassy Church was yesterday summoned under the watchful eye of an Ikeja High Court for purportedly duping one of his individuals, Osazuwa Okungbowa, of N4.5 million. Maxwell, who superintends more than one of the satellite houses of worship drove by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, was said to have deceived Okungbowa into trusting that he would help him get two plots of land close to the Port Harcourt Polytechnic, Bori Camp.

An analyst, Shedrach Ternenge Iyo, appended to the Cyber-Crime Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that the commission got a request of from the complainant at some point in September 2013, charging that the minister got N4.5 million from him through his significant other's First Bank account in offer to purchase two plots of land.

Iyo, while being driven in proof by the indictment, A. A. Adebayo, said the blamed was not welcomed by the commission since he couldn't be come to through the telephone however was captured in Port Harcourt and conveyed to Lagos for legitimate examination.

As indicated by the charge sheet, Maxwell supposedly dedicated the offense on June 12, 2012 at Ikeja Judicial Division by unscrupulously changing over the said entirety to his own utilization. He is confronting a one-tally charge of taking in opposition to Section 258(a)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011.

"Amid examination, the organization sent a letter to the two banks which were utilized for the exchange; a First Bank account having a place with the complainant's significant other and a Diamond Bank account having a place with the minister, asking for record articulations. "When we got the banks' reaction, we investigated both records and found that the total exchanged for the land buy was N3.8 million while N700,000 was exchanged as an advance to the minister," the investigator said.

Iyo, in any case, noticed that Okungbowa made the land installments in seven portions through his better half's ledger from June24 to May 31, 2012 in the varieties of N300,000 and N500, 000 sequentially.

He included: "In the wake of volunteering an announcement and being perused an alert, the minister admitted to have gotten the cash yet guaranteed he utilized it to settle his senior sibling's healing center bills, who was taken back to Nigeria from the United States of America (USA) for treatment."

At the point when inquired as to whether the office went by the said arrive, Iyo said "we didn't visit the land since the charged had revealed to us that there was very land to visit furthermore the territory was under grave emergencies".

"The minister told the commission that there is no land and he didn't have a particular land to purchase for him, adjacent to the range he had guaranteed to buy for him was at that point having group battles," the criminologist included.

In the interim, the resistance guide, V. I. P. Nwana, questioned the announcement of record which was displayed to be offered as show by the indictment, contending that the witness was not the producer of the said archive and in this manner couldn't vouch for its documentation as display.

Nwana contended that the criminologist was not a bank agent and under the Evidence Act could just offer proof to the said report if the originator of the record was forever incapacitated to delicate it, which was not the situation.

Equity Kudirat Jose suspended the matter till April 13 and 14 for leading a trial inside trial in view of the acceptability of the report and continuation of trial.

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