UK-based Nigerian pastor Paul-Kayode Joash arraigned over alleged N305m fraud

Paul-Kayode Joash

UK-based pastor Paul-Kayode Joash has been arraigned in a Magistrate Court in Ibadan for allegedly defrauding several persons of the sum of N305 million.

Joash, senior pastor of The Great House Nation Church, located at the former BJ Rentals building, near Sango cemetery, Ibadan, allegedly collected the said amount from some persons to procure healthcare jobs in the UK.

He was said to have charged between £3,500 and £5,500 per candidate but failed to provide the certificates after one year.

The police in Oyo arraigned Joash on a 10-count charge bordering on obtaining money under pretence, an offence which is punishable under criminal code of the laws of the state.

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He was alleged to have obtained a sum of N134,823,750 from a victim; N30 million from another; N135,177,750 from one and N5,881,000 from another victim totalling N305,882,500.

Joash pleaded not guilty to the charges when arraigned on October 30.

He was admitted to N10 million bail with two sureties in like sum who must be gainfully employed and must be ready to deposit their international passports. One of the sureties must also have property in Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan.

The court remanded him in the correctional facility in Agodi, Ibadan pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to December 18 for mention.