Businesswoman Arraigned for Defrauding Pastor Anthony Rapu, Others of N18B


A businesswoman, Olaremi Dilureni, was on Tuesday remanded at Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly defrauding a popular Lagos pastor, Dr Anthony Rapu, and three others of N23m and $50m (N18 billion) in a business deal.

Rapu, who is also a medical doctor, is the senior pastor of popular Lagos church, House of Freedom.

Dilureni, who traded under the name — Creadon Ventures — faces an eight-count bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences and stealing.

She, however, denied the charges.

Mrs Fadeke Giwa, the lead prosecutor for the EFCC, said Dilureni committed the offence of conspiracy alongside four others who are now at large between March and May 2013.

She gave the names of the accomplices as Lola Anjorin, Tunde Oladunmaye, Oluremi Osubo and a company — Home Concepts.

“On April 16, 2013, Dilureni obtained N10 million from Rapu under the guise that the money was for investment in diesel supply business with a monthly interest rate of 6.5%,” she said.

According to the prosecution, Dilureni defrauded two members of a popular Lagos family.

“On March 2013, Dilureni had fraudulently received the sum of $50million belonging to Mrs Eyitope St. Matthew Daniel.

On May 8, 2013, the defendant fraudulently received N320,000 from Mrs Nellie St. Matthew Daniel on the pretext that the money was for the diesel supply business.”

Giwa said the businesswoman also dishonestly received N3 million from another individual, Mr Adeojo Babasegun, for the business deal. The judge adjourned the case until March 14 for hearing of the bail application.


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