A popular man of God based in Cotonou, Republic of Benin capital, Prophet Peter Ononuju has been arrested by the Lagos state police for allegedly swindling a widow of N18m. He is the owner of Celestial Church of Christ, Alfa and Omega Parish.
According to The Guardian, the man swindled the widow with the aim of helping her procure a landed property in Lekki, Lagos. The prophet has now been remanded at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID), Alagbon close, Ikoyi.
The commissioner of police Dan Okoro disclosed that the man of God committed the act as the widow later found out the landed property belonged to the prophet’s ex-wife. He added that, the widow paid N16m cash and N2m to Prophet Ononuju’s bank account.
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Okoro said: “When the lady discovered the fraud, she reported to my office and I detailed detectives to go after the prophet and he was promptly arrested. He is presently being interrogated, after which he would be charged to court. The so-called prophet took advantage of the relationship he has with the widow to swindle her. From the beginning he had the intention of defrauding the woman. Later, he started threatening to kill the woman and her children when they discovered that he had swindled them.”
The victim who was identified as Oluchi Grace disclosed that she has known the prophet for over two decades and never believed he could do such a thing to her.
Grace said: “As a man of God, I confided in him that I needed to buy a property and he told me he knew someone that had one. He told me he had seen the one of N12 million and he said I should not pay him the money through the bank. As a man of God I paid him cash. After the N12 million he started giving me reasons to pay him more money. He said he needed money for omo onile and Certificate of Occupancy from the Lagos State government. I paid him another N6 million but he did not give me any document. I later discovered that the land in question belongs to his ex-wife who is remarried and based in the United States of America with her new husband. My son discovered her contact from her Facebook account. When we contacted her, she told us she was not selling the said property. In fact she rained abuses on us. When the prophet realized that the game was up, he started threatening to kill us. That was why I ran to the police before anything happens to me or my children.”
Prophet Ononuju also disclosed that the widow came to him in search of a landed prophet and due to his relationship with his ex-wife he decided to link them up but was surprised when he was arrested.
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