An Islamic cleric, Sheu Adewoye, on Wednesday, appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N5m from a bricklayer.

Fifty-five-year-old Adewoye was arraigned on two counts of fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke, said the defendant obtained the sum from the victim between December 2018 and April 2020 in Ido-Osun.

Adegoke said the defendant obtained the sum from one Raheem Ajadi, with a promise to assist him secure building construction contracts in Abuja through one Justice Adeleke.

He said the claim of the defendant later turned out to be false, adding that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

Adewoye pleaded not guilty to the two counts pressed against him by the police.

His counsel, Mr John Jones, applied for bail on his behalf with an assurance that the defendant would provide reliable sureties.

Ruling on the application, the presiding magistrate, Mr Opeyemi Badmus, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1m and two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate adjourned the matter till August 20, 2020, for hearing.