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Man arrested after stealing N21 million from Catholic church

A 37-year-old man, Nwafor Onyebuchi, has been arraigned at the Magistrates’ Court in Lagos state for allegedly stealing N21 million from a Catholic church.

The Lagos state police which arrested the suspect, charged him to court on Tuesday on three counts of conspiracy, stealing, and breaching of public peace.

Police prosecutor, Insp Ayodele Adeosun, narrating the incident in court said the defendant committed the offence on December 21, 2022, at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Alaba in the Ojo area of the state.

He claimed that Onyebuchi took money meant for the development of the church and converted it to his personal use.

The prosecutor said the offence committed contravened Sections 287, 168 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

In her ruling, Magistrate,T. A Popoola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Popoola ordered that one of the sureties must be related to the defendant, while both sureties should show evidence of three years of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The Magistrate adjourned the case till June 5, 2023.