Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended and arraigned a 46-year-old pastor, before a Yaba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, over allegations that he duped 499 women of N3.5 million.
Information gathered suggests that the suspect, Archie Morrow, deceived the women to pay N7,000 each into his bank account with the assurance to give them a loan of 150,000 each.
The accused then disappeared to an unknown destination after he had gotten the money – which amount to N3.592 million – from the complainants.
All efforts made by the angst-ridden women to reach him proved unsuccessful as he stopped picking their calls.
However, his luck was short-lived after some of the women, acting on a tip-off, located him somewhere around Oke-Aro, a suburb of Ogun State, and he was then apprehended by policemen attached to the Pen Cinema Division of Lagos State Police Command in Agege.
Speaking on the incident, one of the women said: “Pastor Archie told us that we should pay N7,000 into his bank account and that he will help us secure loan of N150,000 each. We got our friends and neighbours involved and they parted with the amount, but all efforts to get pastor to give us the loan proved abortive.
“He stopped picking our calls and he relocated from his house. We prayed and went looking for him and somebody told us that they saw him in Ogun State. We got the police to go after him and he was eventually arrested.
“However, he is claiming that he had spent our money and that we should forgive him. I trusted him because I felt he was a man of God.”
Although the pastor pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of 200,000 with two sureties with evidence of tax payment for three years, the crime was said to have contravened Section 312 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State.
The case was adjourned to September 28 and he was remanded at Kirikiri Prison, Lagos, pending when he will meet the bail conditions.