For allegedly defrauding a couple of about N70 million, a Prophet of Celestial Church of Christ, Prophet Oladele Olufemi Ayoola, has been ordered to be remanded in Ikoyi Prison, Lagos.


Justice AbdulAziz Anka of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday sent the 45 years old Prophet, who has his Church in Oke-Ira, Ogba, Lagos State to the remand facility after he was arraigned before the court, on a five count-amended charge bordering on fraud, stealing, impersonation, forgery and false accusation.


In the charge marked FHC/L/234c/2017, police alleged that the Celestial Prophet had between 2008 and December 2016, pretended to be a spiritualist, soothsayer capable of preventing all type of spiritual and physical attack.


The police alleged that the Prophet who carried out his heinous acts between Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti States, fraudulently obtained the sum of N70 million from Abbey N Becky Enterprise and Nichole Integrated Investment Limited, which were represented by Peter Omokaro and Catherine N. Omokaro, under the pretence that he would assist them spiritually.


The police alleged that the Prophet defrauded the two firms through his account numbers: 2055838342 and 2060863319 domiciled with United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.


The Prophet was also alleged to have forged the two firms’ identity cards, which he used in claiming to be a staff of the companies, as well as made a false accusation against Peter Omokaro, one of the fraud victims.


The offences, according to the police, are contrary to and punishable under section 1 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences, 2004, and Sections 390(9), 467(2)(b), 448 and 210(b) of the Criminal Code Cap C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, (as amended).


The Celestial Prophet however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Anka, ordered that he be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons till August 17, when his bail application will be heard.