Photo: EFCC arraigns Lagos pastor for fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, have arrested and arraigned the residing pastor of the Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry in Lagos, Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, for allegedly defrauding a member of his church to the tune of N59.7m. EFCC had arrested Ilongwo early this year after the church member had reported a case of fraud against him to the tune of N 85 million. According to the church member, the clergyman’s fraud told the antigraft agency that Ilongwo’s action caused him his job in one of the first generation banks in the country.Ilongwo allegedly jumped bail and left his surety to languish in the EFCC detention, while efforts to re-arrest him proved abortive. 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.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 charges read in part, “That you, Cletus Ilongwo, on January 29, 2016, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Juridical Division, dishonestly converted for your own use the sum of N10m, being money received through your Zenith Bank account number 1003495899 from Obinna Ezenwaka meant for the purchase of the property situated at No 165c, Block 12, Diamond Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.”In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, applied for a date for the commencement of trial, while the defence counsel, P.N. Orji, informed the court about a pending bail application he filed on behalf of his client.Yerima did not, however, oppose the bail application, but asked for time to respond to it.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.She ordered that Ilongwo be remanded in prison pending the approval of his bail application.The post Photo: EFCC arraigns Lagos pastor for fraud appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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  1. And he will say he his a man of God…

  2. They are is no man of God

  3. What kind of man of God is that, love of money everywhere now

  4. that’s why people don’t like going to church again

  5. Pastors of this days… it is so annoying now to know that corruption starts from the church

  6. That is bad

  7. There are many other pastors who are scamming innocent Nigeria all in the name of God says.

  8. Hmm see aw then the call millions of naira as if they are calling thousands of naira. These pastors are defrauding people that submit themselves to them.

  9. Man of God indeed

  10. He looks like a fraudster sef, with dreads and all that

  11. It’s better

  12. Pastor indeed! They are the ones commuting more crimes these days. Why are people easily deceived by these money mongers?

  13. That serves him right lazy man

  14. Mist of them ..it us not God that call them,they called them selfs

  15. He looks so scary and fraudulent… May God forgive me.

  16. He does not look like a pastor. He is a thief

  17. A pastor for fraud ? . I am shocked by this . A man of God . I don’t want to believe this story

  18. He’s appearance alone speaks volume of what he’s been accused of

  19. This is serious, a pastor of all people

  20. Calling themselves Prophet all in the money. God knows who serves Him

  21. Some are not meant to be called pastors

  22. Pastors of this days turning the church in to a fraud ground and putting the name of God in shame. Lord please have mercy on this crooked generation

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