Nigerian Pastor arrested for alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) have arraigned a Nigerian Pastor bases in Lagos for his alleged defrauding a church member of N59.7m.

The Presiding Pastor of the Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry, identified as Ilongwo was brought before a Lagos State Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding a former member of his congregation.

According to report, the church member who was defrauded reported the issue, which led to the arrest of the prophet over allegations of fraud.

The suspect was initially arrested early this year by the police and the EFCC after a former member of the church reported that he defrauded him of N85m, which led to the loss of his job in one of the first generation banks in the country.

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Ilongwo allegedly jumped bail and left his surety to languish in the EFCC detention, while efforts to re-arrest him proved abortive.

At Monday’s proceedings, llongwo, who was dressed in a long red robe, pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts charge bordering on fraud preferred against him.

The suspect was said to have received the said amount from one Obinna Ezenwaka at different times in 2016 on the pretext of helping him to purchase a property located at 165c, Diamond Estate, Amuwo-Odofin.

According to the EFCC, Ilongwo collected the sum in tranches through his Zenith Bank account 1003455899.

The presiding judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo, adjourned the matter till November 14 and 19, respectively for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

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She ordered that Ilongwo be remanded in prison pending the approval of his bail application.

Source: Punch Metro


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