Church Pastor Arraigned For Defrauding A Member

Pastor arrested for fraud
Pastor and the SUV/ Photo credit:mynationnews.com

The Nigerian Police Force have arrested and arraigned one Apostle Kingsley Abiekunogho, the founder of God is Able Mega Fire Ministry in Opolo, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for allegedly giving fake prophecy and obtaining gifts by tricks.

The accused was arraigned on Wednesday before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

It was alleged that the man-of God deceitfully obtained a Toyota sport Utility vehicle and N20,000 from a member of the church, Seiyefa Sayou, in exchange of spiritual breakthrough with promises that he will be blessed in double folds in a month.

It was disclosed that the complainant had been invited to the church by a friend to a crusade hosted by the church on September 9, 2017, during the programme a guest preacher identified as Apostle Chris from Port Harcourt, Rivers State convinced Sayou to sow his SUV and N20,000 in exchange for spiritual breakthrough.

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In trying to convince Sayou, the Pastor narrated frightening stories of how people die mysterious deaths when they refuse to give and that he (Sayou) would die if he failed to give the items.

Saoyu narrated how he willingly gave out his money and property without even knowing it.

He said he was called out of the crowd by the guest pastor who asked him how much he had in his account and he replied N15,000 which the guest pastor found unbelievable.

“The pastor said, ‘How can an honourable like you have only N15,000?’ Eventually, I was compelled to pledge N20,000. We were asked to redeem our pledges the following day.

“The following day, I went to my bank and withdrew the N15,000 in my account. I borrowed N5,000 to make up the N20,000 I vowed.

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“They (Abiekunogho and Chris) also asked how many cars I had and I said one. They said I should sow it as a seed and that I would get double of what I had given. Thereafter, the guest pastor gave me honey to drink and mandated me to do change of ownership of the vehicle immediately. They brought a form to me that said I voluntarily gave out my car and I signed without knowing what I was doing.

“Thereafter, I went to a shop, bought a nylon bag and packed all my belongings and went home. When I got home, my wife asked me for the car and I told her that I had sown it as a seed. She said since it was for God, there was no problem,” he added.

Sayou said when he woke up the next day, he started looking for the car, adding that it was then that his wife reminded him that he had sown it as a seed in the church, adding that he could not recollect when he did so.

Sayou added, “After several months, things got worse for me. So, I asked the pastor to return my vehicle because many months had passed without any form of financial increase.

“When the pastor refused to return the SUV to me, I reported to the police. The pastor was invited. When the pastor got to the police station, he said he had sold the car which I bought N3.9m for N1.5m.
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“When the person who bought the car was contacted, he asked for N3m to release the car. But the police refused and ordered him to bring it. He later brought the car to the station after the pastor was detained,” Sayou narrated.

The President of the court Eke Spiff, ordered Abiekunogho to produce the guest minister in court at the next hearing.

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