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Reverend Father Remanded Over Extortion

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Moses Emonena, a Reverend father with the Assemblies of God Church, has been remanded in prison for allegedly extorting a man.

Emonena, 55, was arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining N11,750,000 from one Samuel Oladele Fatai, with the promise of giving out his daughter to him in marriage.

He is facing two-count charge of felony, with obtaining money under false pretense. He however pleaded “not guilty”.

Henry Obiazi, police counsel, told the court that operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, FCIID, Lagos, arrested the defendant, following a complaint by one Fatai.

Obiazi said that the accused committed the crime between November 2016 and March, 2017 at Egbeda area of Lagos, as part of the conditions the victim must fulfill to marry his daughter. He said the clergyman gave the daughter to another man in marriage, despite the huge money he collected from the victim.

The counsel added that the offences were punishable under sections 411 and 314(3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

 Folashade Botoku, the Chief Magistrate, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1m, with two sureties in like sum, who must be civil servants.

She adjourned the case till 27 April, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, until he perfects his bail conditions.

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