Mrs. Patricia Eni Hassan and Mr. Zachaeus B. Gana have been charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ( ICPC ) with defrauding the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Wealthy Place Parish, Gwarimpa, Abuja, of N10 million.
The two were charged with six counts of fraud, dishonesty, falsification of papers, and corruption before Justice Muawiyah Idris of High Court 36 in Nyanya, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
According to the allegations read in court, between 2014 and 2016, both defendants plotted to obtain N10 million under false pretenses in order to secure land for the church.
In a statement issued yesterday, ICPC spokesman Azuka Ogugua said the offence was in violation of Section 1 (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Offences Act of 2006.
“They were also accused of forging a “Statutory Right of Occupancy” offer purportedly issued by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 366 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” according to Ogugua.
Both defendants pled not guilty to the accusations, and their attorneys filed an oral bail application, which the prosecution did not object to.
They were also required to present a guarantor who would sign a N5 million bail bond and provide proof of ownership of landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.