- A criminally minded pastor has bagged jail time in Lagos over theft of church money
- Specifically, the cleric, Afolabi Samuel, was accused of stealing $90,000 and N4.5m belonging to Winners’ Chapel
- Meanwhile, for pleading guilty, the court granted him an option of fine
Afolabi Samuel has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was sentenced for stealing $90,000 and N4.5m belonging to church of God.
Samuel who is a pastor of the Living Faith Church, aka Winners’ Chapel, was sentenced by a Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja.
According to Punch Newspaper, Samuel, an accountant and the church’s treasurer, was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on two counts of conspiracy and stealing by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC alleged that the pastor and one Blessing Kolawole, an employee of the Covenant University converted the money for their personal uses.
Justice Dada in her judgment found Samuel guilty of the charges.
However, Rotimi Ogunwuyi, Samuel's lawyer urged the court to temper justice with mercy because the embarrassing deeds of his client have affected so many people.
He added that Samuel has realised his misdeeds.
As a result of this, the judge granted the convict an option of fine of N1m and ordered him to refund the sum of $90,000 and N2,358,000 to the church.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that EFCC has announced the arrest of 30 people suspected to be internet fraudsters popularly known as "Yahoo Yahoo."
Nigerian anti-graft agency made this disclosure on Friday, January 29, through its Twitter page, saying the suspected fraudsters were nabbed in Enugu state by men of its zonal office.
The alleged fraudsters who were arrested on Thursday, January 28, will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Also, the EFCC in Lagos arrested three Dubai-based suspected internet fraudsters alongside 14 others.
The disclosure was made in a statement by the anti-graft agency, which confirmed that the suspects were nabbed on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday 27, at different locations in the state.
According to the EFCC, the arrests were made after the agency got information about their suspected fraudulent activities in Nigeria and the diaspora.