The preacher allegedly committed the offence under the pretence of preaching to his victim.
The Police in Abuja on Thursday arraigned a commercial bus preacher, Chuckwuemeka Okere, 36, before a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court for alleged cheating and being in possession of stolen items.
Police prosecutor, Eze Okechuckwu, told the court that on December 10, Mr. Okere, who resides in Nyanya Gwandara area of Abuja, lured Zamani Zuneya of Garki II, Abuja, to a hill in Kubwa under the pretence of preaching to her.
“While praying for Zuneya on the hill, he stole her bag containing two cell phones and N15,000.
“During police investigation, one of the cell phones was recovered from the accused,” the prosecutor told the court.
Mr. Okechuckwu also told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 319 and 322 of the Penal Code.
Mr. Okere pleaded not guilty to the charges
Senior Magistrate Bashiru Alkali granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 and two sureties in like sum.
He said the sureties must have a reasonable means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
Mr. Bashiru adjourned the case to January 16, 2013 for hearing.