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The General Overseer, Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly Church in Lagos, Pastor Ikechukwu Ezeiru has been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court for selling the church building and landed property located in Lagos and escaping with all the money realized from the illegal act.The same Pastor Ezeiru had earlier been brought before the same court for defrauding a member of his church identified as Ifeanyi Ohazurume of N7m.Giving evidence in the latest case, Police said: 43yrs old Pastor Ezeiru sold the church building and land on Plots 9A and 9B, Family Estate, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, after which he absconded with the proceeds of the sale.The church trustees – Ifeanyi Ohazurume, Stella Johnson, George Ndubuisi and Ozuruonye Onwuka – reported the matter to the police and a manhunt was launched for the pastor since March 2013. He was caught later in April, 2014, and arraigned on three counts of fraudulent sale of property and stealing.Pastor Ezeiru was stated.to have sold the church building for N7.5m, while the land was sold for N5m.The charges read in part, “That you, Pastor Ikechukwu Ezeiru, and others at large, being the General Overseer of a church known as Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly Church, Plots 9A and 9B, Family Estate, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, in the month of March 2013, in the Lagos Magisterial District, with intent to defraud, did sell church building and land, property of Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly, represented by the trustees, Ifeanyi Ohazurume, Stella Johnson, George Ndubuisi and Ozuruonye Onwuka.” “That you being the General Overseer of a church knownas Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly Church, Plots 9A and 9B, Family Estate Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, did steal the sum of N7,500,000, property of the church….”Police prosecutors stated.the offences were punishable under sections 409, 324, 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011. But Pastor Ezeiru pleaded not guilty.Chief Magistrate Mrs. A.A. Demi-Ajayi, granted him bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum.He will remain in prison custody until he meets the bail condition. Full trial will commence on May 26, 2014Follow @adlekchillsContinue Reading
Imaobong UdohThe Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a nursing mother, Imaobong Udoh, for allegedly selling her three-day-old baby girl.Also arrested along with Imaobong, were four persons for allegedly participating in the theft of the baby.They are the buyer, Mrs. Regina James; the buyer’s husband, Mfon James; the traditional birth attendant who delivered the baby, Mrs. Comfort Henry; and Mr. Emmanuel Okon, a homeopathic doctor, who arranged the sale.Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Gwadabe, said in Uyo on Monday that the father of the baby had reported the theft to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspects.Gwadabe said: “On March 3, 2014, a case of child stealing was reported by Mr. Eteobong James, of No. 33 Urua Ekpa Road, Itu Local Governmnet Area, to the police, where a three-day-old baby girl was sold for ₦260, 000.””Based on the report, the suspects werearrested.””Mr. Emmanuel Etim Okon, was the one that arranged the infamous deal and personally conveyed the baby from the point of delivery at Nna-Enin in Uruan Local Government Area to the buyers at No. 37 Church Road, Uyo.”The police boss explained that Regina allegedly paid ₦150,000 to the mother of the baby and ₦110,000 to Okon, the homeopathic doctor, for his services.The commissioner stated that the accused would soon be arraigned in court and warned child thieves to steer clear of the state. He explained that the state would not be conducive for their illicit trade.Husband of the buyer, James, who spoke with a source said when his wife told him she was pregnant, he gave her money for ante-natal care, but was surprised to hear that she bought the baby.He said: “l am a trader. My wife, Regina, told me she was pregnant and I gave her money for ante-natal. One day, she told me she was in labour and later informed me that she had been delivered of a baby girl.””I did not know she bought the baby since she has given birth to four children, though three died.”However, the homeopathic doctor said Regina brought the mother of the baby, Imaobong, to him so that he could take care of her during ante-natal.He said Regina had explained to him that the father of the baby was not financially buoyant to take care of her.He denied collecting ₦110,000 from Regina, stating that he only collected ₦30,000, which was the cost of delivery of Imaobong’s baby.”When Regina brought Imaobong to me, she told me that the man responsible for the pregnancy was unable of take care of her.””The ₦30,000 I collected from her was for the upkeep of Imaobong before and during delivery of the baby. I did not collect ₦110,000.”Continue Reading
A young Chinese couple are facing many years in jail after allegedly selling their baby daughter to raise money for an iPhone and other luxury goods.
The couple, identified only as Miss Zhang and Mr Teng, are said to have placed anonymous advertisements in newspapers suggesting they would be willing to part with their baby – unborn at that stage – in exchange for 50,000 yuan (about £5,000).
Police in Shanghai have charged the couple with human trafficking after accepting money for the baby, who was born at home and still only weeks, or months old, when sold.
Having received the money, which was deposited in their bank account, the couple went out on a spending spree, using part of the proceeds to buy an iPhone, State media reported today.
The unemployed couple, who have two other children, were also accused of using the money to purchase a number of luxury goods.
They are understood to have told prosecutors that they were acting in their daughter’s best interests, claiming they had hoped to find a home for her with a financially stable family who would be able to provide her with an education.
‘We did not give the baby away for money but in order to give it more security,’ Shanghai’s Jiefang Daily newspaper reported them as telling officials.
But prosecutors said they believed the couple’s bank records show they had hatched a ‘sinister conspiracy’ to profit from the sale of the baby.
One credit card bill is said to show that immediately after trading the child, the couple spent large amounts of money on the internet, including buying an iPhone and a pair of expensive trainers.
In an attempt to hide that they were behind the sale of a child, the couple tried to conceal the fact that Miss Zhang was pregnant and she had even gone to the length of giving birth at home.
They are said to have told neighbours that the baby bump during Miss Zhang’s pregnancy was a tumour.
IPhones are a sought-after commodity in China and only last year seven people were jailed in Hunan province for their role in the purchase of a kidney from a teenage boy, who used the money to buy an iPhone and an iPad.Continue Reading
Kim Kardashian’s 20-carat engagement ring has sold at auction for a cool $620,000.
The enormous diamond ring, given to the reality star by ex-husband Kris Humphries, was purchased by an as-yet unknown buyer at Christie’s in New York City on Tuesday.
Bidding for the 16.21 carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond began at $200,000 at the auction, entitled ‘Bright and Beautiful’, according to Us Weekly.
The ring, which features two 1.8 carat side diamonds, will end up costing the buyer $749,000 taking into account the auction house’s mark-up.
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It was confirmed last month that Kris was selling the ring which was originally reported to have cost $2 million.
But following the estimate of Christie’s jewellery experts, it appears that he paid far less for the ring than reported at the time.
But bad publicity surrounding the Humphries-Kardashian divorce may have had an effect on the sale.
Christie’s press representative Gabriel Ford previously told MailOnline that their team of experts ‘estimate on what they deem it worth at this time (of the auction)’.
Kris proposed to Kim with the ring back in May 2011 and it seems she returned the piece of jewellery to him after their marriage ended.
The website reports that a portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit a charity which is yet to be named.
“Kim has been waiting for the day he would auction it,” a source stated.
“Everyone always asked what Kim did with the ring – she silently gave it back over a year ago. And Kris waited until the divorce was final to sell it.”
The source tells Us that the ring is ‘definitely not worth $2 million’ and is unlikely to have cost even half of that price.
A family friend of the Kardashians said Humphries reportedly ‘got a great deal’ by working with jeweller Lorraine Schwartz – a family friend who has designed for the Kardashian clan for years.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was married to Kris for just 72 days before she filed for divorce at the end of October 2011.
Kim is now mother to baby North with her new beau – rapper Kanye West.Continue Reading