N128m fraud: Prophetess jailed 5 years


As a result of her involvement in fraud to the tune of N128 million, Justice Sherifat O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Friday (yesterday) convicted and sentenced a self-acclaimed prophetess, Linda Mabi-Praise, to five years imprisonment.

It would be recalled that the convicted and sentenced Linda Mabi-Praise was charged with three counts of intent to defraud, dishonestly obtained the said sum from a firm, Accelsor Investment Partners Limited, in the guise that her company, Mutano Energy Limited, was an accredited oil and gas dealer and that she was into oil and gas dealership, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The convict was further accused of issuing dud cheques to offset the funds.

But Linda Mabi-Praise pleaded “not guilty” to the charge when arraigned in March 2019, prompting the commencement of trial.

Prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, during the trial, called two witnesses and tendered several documentary evidence to prove the case against the defendant.

In her ruling, Justice Solebo found Linda Mabi-Praise guilty of counts one and three bordering on obtaining by false pretence and issuing of dishonoured cheques.

The trial judge held that the prosecution proved the allegations of obtaining by false pretence and issuance of dud cheques “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The convict’s counsel, Mumuni Qudus, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and to give the mother of two “a second chance”.

After listening to the allocutus, Justice Solebo sentenced her to three years on count one and two years on count three, to run concurrently.

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