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Man docked for impersonating Adeboye, Odukoya, TB Joshua

By Kehinde Olatunji
04 April 2019   |   3:51 am
The police yesterday arraigned a 27-year-old businessman, Yusuf Atanda, who was charged with impersonating Pastor Enoch Adeboye and two other church general overseers to defraud members of the public.

The police yesterday arraigned a 27-year-old businessman, Yusuf Atanda, who was charged with impersonating Pastor Enoch Adeboye and two other church general overseers to defraud members of the public.

According to the police, Atanda created fake Facebook accounts of Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor D.K. Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry, and Pastor T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, to defraud people.

The defendant, who resides at Okokomaiko in Lagos, is being tried for cybercrime before Magistrate M.O Tanimola in Ikeja. The prosecutor, Aondohemba Koti, a police inspector, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence in October 2018 at Okokomaiko, adding that Atanda used the names of the three general overseers on the Internet without their consents.

He said: “He posed as the pastors and sent messages to the public to deposit either N1,000 or N2,000 into a bank account to get N3,000 or N5,000, respectively, in four days. If they pay and it is four days, he will block the person’s numbers so they would not be able to reach him anymore. Upon receipt of a written petition from one of the complainant’s legal counsel, the police swung into action, and the defendant was tracked and arrested.

The amount of money the defendant got from over 100 members of the public was yet to be ascertained.”Atanda, however, denied committing the offence, and was admitted to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The alleged offence violates Section 20 (1) of Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, Law of Federation, 2015. The case was adjourned until April 17 for mention.