Monday, February 8, 2021

Pastor jailed for stealing church’s $90,000, N4.5m .

 Afolabi Samuel has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was sentenced for stealing $90,000 and N4.5m belonging to church of God.

 Legit

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. 

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