The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Tuesday charged Olawunmi Dilureni for allegedly duping Popular Lagos Pastor, Tony Rapu and two others to the tune of N23m.
Diluremi aapproached the victims with a proposal for a business supplying diesel which guaranteed a monthly return of 6.5 percent,however she converted the money for personal use.
Diluremi was arraigned before Justice Sherifat O. Solebo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on an 8-count charge of Conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.
Other defendants involved in the crime were Lola Aremu Anjorin, Tunde Jamiu, Oluremi Osobu and others whose whereabouts are unknown.
They were accused of conspiring to defraud Pastor, Dr Tony Rapu, Nellie St. Matthew-Daniel and Eyitope St. Matthew-Daniel of the said sum above mentioned.
One of the counts reads that you, Olawumi Dilureni on or about the 16th day of April 2013 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court obtained the sum of N10, 000, 000. 00 (Ten Million Naira only) from one Dr. Anthony Rapu under the pretence that the money is for investment in diesel supply business with a monthly interest rate of 6.5% which pretext you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14 of 2016.
Another count reads that you, Olawunmi Dilureni on or about 17th April 2013 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court dishonestly converted for your own use the sum of N10, 000, 000. 00 (Ten Million Naira) only property of Tony Rapu and committed an offence contrary to Sections 278 and 285(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11, 2011.
The Defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Prosecution counsel Giwa Fadeke(Mrs) requested a trial date and beseeched the court to remand the defendant in the prison custody.
Counsel to the defendant, Tunde Kolawole the Court of a bail application which had been filed on his client’s behalf.
“My Lord, we just filed the bail application. The defendant has been in prison custody since last week Thursday and she is also a nursing mother,” he said.