Alleged N2bn Fraud: Prominent Christ Embassy Pastor, Wife Declared Wanted By EFCC

Alleged N2bn Fraud: Prominent Christ Embassy Pastor, Wife Declared Wanted By EFCC

  • The CEO of a Ponzi scheme in Bayelsa, Pastor Onyimiebi, and his wife, Beatrice Bribena, are wanted by the EFCC
  • According to the commission, Onyimebi and Beatrice are wanted for an alleged fraud of N2bn through their organisation, Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative
  • A media report has it that Onyimiebi who is nowhere to be found pastors a branch of Christ Embassy in Kumasi, Ghana

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared wanted Pastor Onyimiebi Bribena and his wife, Beatrice Bribena, over alleged fraud.

Pastor Onyimiebi is the Chief Executive Officer of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative, a Ponzi scheme based in Bayelsa.

Alleged N2bn fraud: Prominent Christ Embassy pastor, wife declared wanted by EFCC
Bribena is said to be a pastor of Christ Embassy (Photo: Track News Media)
Source: UGC

According to the EFCC via its verified Facebook page on Thursday, June 9, the couple is said to have defrauded unsuspecting Nigerians the sum of N2 billion.

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A statement about them by the commission's head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, reads:

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"The general public is hereby notified that Onyimiebi Bribena and Beatrice Bribena, whose photographs appear above are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, money laudering, and Ponzi scheme to the tune of Two billion Naira (2,000,000,000,00) only.
“Bribena and Beatrice are both natives of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.
“Their last known address is No 163 Mbiama Yenagoa Road, Biogbolo, Bayelsa state.
“Anybody with useful information as to their whereabouts should please contact the Commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-9044751-3, 0B093322644, 08183322644, 070-26350721-3, 070-6350724-5; Its e-mail address: or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.”

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A report by PM News claimed that Bribena is a pastor at Christ Embassy Kumasi 1, Ghana, but fled Nigeria in 2021 after failing to pay investors their return on investment (ROI).

The publication added that Bribena's disappearance triggered protests in Yenagoa, the state capital.

However, the pastor had alleged that some staff of the cooperative compromised its systems by defrauding the organization of more than N300 million.

Even more, the cleric said the organisation was carrying out a forensic audit to enable it to pay the backlog of unpaid surpluses to the investors and members.

According to Punch, the company's profile reads:

“We are dedicated to improving members’ lives via financial empowerment, business financing, thrift & credit, housing, scholarship, etc."

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Meanwhile, the EFCC had launched an application designed to ease the process of reporting economic and financial crimes in the country.

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The chairman of the commission made the disclosure on Wednesday, July 14, while unveiling the app called Eagle Eye.

According to Bawa, the app complements existing channels of reporting crimes, adding that it is a friendly application with features that can be navigated by any literate person.


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