The police on Monday arraigned a `prayer warrior’, Emmanuel Pam, 31, of Mararaba at the Grade 1 Area Court, Mararaba in Nasarawa State, for alleged extortion.
The Prosecutor, Inuwa Maigida, told the court that the matter was reported at the ‘A’ Division Police Station by one Blessing Nnaji, of opposite Mararaba Secondary School on June 26.
“On June 26 at about 11 a.m, at the Mararaba pedestrian bridge, Pam conspired with one other person now at large, and told Nnaji that her mother at the village is seriously sick.
“Pam asked her to bring out all valuables in her possession and keep them on the ground so that he can pray for her and the sick mother at the village.
“In the process, he lured her to a distance and told her to fetch sand for him.”
Mr. Maigida said that before Ms. Nnaji could come back, the accused had already made away with her Nokia X2 cell phone, valued at N13, 000 and N1,500 cash. He said that later in the evening of the same day, the accused was seen and arrested at the same spot and that the offence contravened provisions of sections 97 and 292 of the Penal Code.
If convicted, the accused shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine or both.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
The Presiding Judge, Albert Maga, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.
Mr. Maga said that one of the sureties must be a traditional title holder with a landed property, residing within the jurisdiction of the court.
He adjourned the case to July 11 for further hearing.