Two brothers, Smart Avan Smart, and Jerry Avan, were, yesterday arraigned before an Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo, for allegedly duping the President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude. The brother, aged 61 and 29 respectively, who allegedly duped the cleric of the sum of N3 million, were arraigned on a seven-count charge of forgery, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
The prosecutor informed the court that the suspects committed the offence on May 31 and June 2 at the headquarters of the New Covenant Church, Benin City. Agbonifo said that the duo presented themselves as contractors to the Edo State government, with a bid to construct the road within the Light House Polytechnic, owned by the PFN president. Agonifo told the court that the suspects presented forged documents of an unregistered company to Omobude and collected N3m from him under false pretence.
The presiding magistrate, I. A. Osayande, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 each and a surety each in like sum.