An assistant Pastor working with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ayodeji Oluokun, has been sentenced to jail.
The allegation in opposition to the stated cleric is that he issued a dud cheque to a shopper, Naija Information understands.
Counsel for the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Samuel Daji, had earlier petitioned Lagos State Particular Offences Courtroom in Ikeja to convict the defendant, accusing him of issuing a $1.6 million dud cheque to a shopper.
Know This: A Dud Cheque is such printed kind promising to pay cash however has no worth as a result of the one who has written it doesn’t come up with the money for of their checking account to pay it.
Daji had pleaded with the courtroom to right away convict Pastor Oluokun, arguing that the cleric and the nominal complainant had not been on speaking phrases, thereby making the phrases of restitution troublesome to fulfill.
He additionally prayed to the courtroom to order the defendant to forfeit his property so as to pay up the debt.
Reacting, nonetheless, defence counsel to Oluokun, Edoka Onyeke, prayed to the courtroom to grant the convict a non-custodian sentence.
He defined that the accused was a pastor and will use his pastoral work as a service to humanity, by neighborhood service.
In her ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Particular Offences Courtroom sentenced Oluokun who was recognized with the RCCG Metropolis of David Parish, Victoria Island, to 2 years imprisonment for issuance of a $1.6 million dud cheque.
Naija Information understands that Oluokun was charged alongside his firm, Peak Petroleum Trade Nigeria Ltd, on an amended six-count cost bordering on the issuance of a dud cheque, stealing and acquiring cash below false pretences.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, nonetheless, in her judgment, held that the prosecution had efficiently proved the cost of issuance of a dud cheque in opposition to the defendants however discharged and acquitted the defendants of stealing and acquiring cash below false pretences.
Based on her, the prosecutor failed to determine the cost of stealing and acquiring cash below false pretences.
The choose thereafter additionally ordered Oluokun to pay a advantageous of two million naira and his firm to additionally pay a advantageous of two million naira to get bail.
She additionally ordered the convict to make restitution of $1.6 million to the nominal complainant inside 18 months.