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Elder In The Church Duping Pastor N10m

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A business man Chris Onyebuchi Ijeoma alongside his company, Tellers International Limited was arrainged on Wednesday April 26, 2017 for duped his pastor’s money.

The pastor who is the General Overseer of a Pentecostal Church in Onisha, dragged his church member, Ijeoma, who is also an Elder in the church to EFCC.

Nigeria Happenings gathered: Ijeoma’s
ordeal started after a petition was written to the commission alleging that sometime in 2014, he approached the complainant (General Overseer) with a business proposal to help raise funds to finance the importation of insecticide/ pest sprayer from the USA, to the tune of N10m, with a promise to pay back within three months, after the sale of the products.

The complainant further stated that having advanced the sum to the suspect, who was also an elder if the church council, on March 18 ,2014, he waited for more than after three months without receiving any payment as promised.

He then approached Ijeoma and demanded to know why the products were not yet imported, to which he said he had invested the money in a US-based cream company and that NAFDAC approval was needed before the goods would be exported to Nigeria; a development different from what was agreed upon.

Ijeoma’s was alleged with two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretense and stealing the sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira Only) belonging to the head pastor and general overseer of a Pentecostal church

When the case was called, the suspect pleaded before the court; presided by Justice I.B. Gafar of Federal high court. Awka, Anambra, not guilty to the charge.

Defence counsel, C.M. Obijagwam thereafter applied orally for his client’s bail which was denied by Justice Gafai stating he had to apply formally.

He further ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

The case has been adjourned to June 6 and 8, 2017.

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