A 46-year-old pastor, Joseph Lawson, charged with the theft of a car valued at N1.2 million, appeared at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos Monday.
According to the prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, the accused committed the offence on Oct. 1 at Oko-Oba, Lagos.
He said that the accused ran away with a car belonging to Mr Chikwukadibia Udeh under the guise of praying for him.
“The complainant approached the accused for prayers, the accused told him that God told him that he should bring his car and the document for prayers.
“The complainant obeyed and after the accused collected the car and its document, he was nowhere to be found.
“Efforts made by the complainant to recover his car proved unsuccessful and the case was reported to the police,” the prosecutor said.
Ogu said that when the accused was later arrested, he claimed to have sold the vehicle, an offence that contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, who resides at Surulere, Lagos, entered a `not-guilty’ plea to the charge levelled against him.
The Magistrate, Mr J.A Adegun granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties as part of the bail condition before adjourning the case until Oct. 29, for hearing.