A man, Abdulrahaman Muazu, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, for allegedly presenting himself as Bishop Mathew Kukah with intent to defraud.
The Police Prosecutor, DSP Femi Falade told the court that the accused and others now at large sometime in June, 2016 under false pretence obtained N2.5m from Chief Afe Babalola (SAN).
According to the prosecutor, the offence was punishable under Sections 1(3) and 11 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Fraud Offence Act, 2006.
The charges read, “That you, Abdulrahaman Muazu and others still at large did conspire to commit felony to wit defraud.
“That you Abdulrahaman Muazu and others still at large did under false pretence and with intent to defraud present yourself as Bishop Mathew Kukah.
“You present yourself as Bishop Kukah who is preparing for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East obtained the sum of N2,500,000 from Chief Afe Babalola.”
The accused pleaded not guilty.
After taking his plea, the prosecutor prayed the court for adjournment and hearing date to call his witnesses.
Before adjourning the case to November 16 and 17 for hearing, the trial Judge, Justice Donatus Okorowo, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.