Africa: Two Nigerian pastors arrested over N1 billion scam

InformAfrica – Breaking news coming from Africa’s most populous nation reports two Nigerian pastors have been arrested over N1 billion scam (about $6.4 million USD). A great way for “men of god” to start the new year! Behind bars!

According to news gathered from P.M News, a Nigerian High Court has sentenced two ‘men of God’, Pastor Glory Abrefera and Reverend Vincent Okpogo to 10 years imprisonment each over a N1 billion deposit scam.

Two Nigerian pastors jailed over N1 billion deposit scam.
Two Nigerian pastors jailed over N1 billion deposit scam.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Asaba, capital of Delta state, found the duo and their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited guilty on a four count charge of carrying out banking practice without licence.

The accused persons were said to have collected over N1 billion from different individuals and organizations as deposits in an illegal banking practice.

They have also failed to account for all the deposits they collected.

Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited was convicted on two counts and fined N2 million on each of the counts. Pastor Abrefera and Reverend Okpogo, both directors of Mustard Seed Micro Investment limited, were also convicted on two counts and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each.

They were equally fined N2 million on each of the counts.

The terms are to run concurrently.

The accused persons were said to have sometimes between 2006 and 2007 at Warri, Delta State engaged in banking practice without the required banking license and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 2(2) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3, Vol 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Part of the charge reads: “that Pastor Glory Okeoghene Abrefera, Reverend Vincent Okpogo and Mrs Nonye Abrefera (still at large) whilst being directors of Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited sometime between 2006 and 2007 at Warri, Delta State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court knowingly consented to the carrying on of banking business without a valid licence by the company thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (2) and 49(1)of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act Cap B(3), Vol 2, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

The so-called men of God were arrested following a petition filed by some of the depositors to the EFCC, detailing the dubious activities of the accused persons.

The EFCC subsequently intervened, investigated the activities of the voodoo bank and arraigned the suspects in 2011. Counsel to EFCC, G. K. Latona described the judgment as a milestone in the Nigerian judiciary.

He said it was the first time that persons were convicted for carrying out banking practice without the required licence. He also said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to other persons engaging in such nefarious activities.

InformAfrica Concludes:

This is not the first or only time Nigerian pastors have been busted for theft, frauds, and many other immoral acts against mankind. The only difference is most of this holy criminals know how to beat the Nigerian legal system and get away with their criminal acts. Most popular Nigerian pastors are well affiliated with Nigerian Government officials including president Goodluck Jonathan who frequently grace their churches on his two knees, takes church photos and disseminate to the suffering mass encouraging them to pray to god for mercy.

Many Nigerian govt officials reportedly shares the nations wealth with these holy men of god to continue preaching propaganda to the Nigerian people. They and their pastors, watch the people surfer everyday and fly around the world in private jets stupendously thinking they’re “living the ideal life”. Religious propaganda that destroys (Afrikans) the Black people’s hope, ambitions and self-confidence!  –Kevin Onuma, InformAfrica Editor-in-Chief. 

It won’t be any surprising if we experience more religious crimes this 2013 year, because religious entrepreneurs like pastors, prophets, popes, etc., are becoming more aggressive with impoverishing millions of irrational Christians who can’t think for themselves and base their lives on bible fairy tales. Africans ought to be aware of the cruelty and atrocities their so-called men of god are committing behind closed doors. Awareness is one step closer to liberating all Black people from religious mental slavery! 

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