by Whitney Omoh
A pastor of Living Faith Church aka Winners’ Chapel, Mr. Afolabi Samuel was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly stealing $90,000 (N4.5m) belonging to the church.
Afolabi who is said to be an accountant and treasurer of the church was summoned before the court on two counts charge of conspiracy and stealing.
According to reports, the pastor conspired with one Blessing Kolawole, also an employee at Covenant University and stole the money for their personal use. Samuel who was employed as the church accountant to maintain proper records of funds connived with Blessing to take advantage of their position to commit the dishonest act.
The petition sent to the EFCC dated June 26 and signed by Chioma Okwuanyi and co, Legal practitioners and it reads; “The duo started carrying out various acts of breach of trust and fraudulent commission of unconscionable economic crime and sabotage by unlawfully diverting to their private use the church’s money in Pastor Samuel’s custody without the permission of the church.
“The duo continued doing so until sometime in December 2018 when they ran out of luck and all their secret acts of economic sabotage and financial crime of fraudulently tampering with the church’s money were revealed.”
The petition reads further that; “When confronted by the church, Pastor Samuel, who lives around the church on Raji Oba Street, Akowonjo, Lagos, admitted to committing the act and even voluntarily made a written confession where he detailed how they had been stealing from the church.”
The EFCC Prosecutor, S.O Daji said the offences which were committed on September 24 and December 31 of 2018, in Lagos, contravene sections 278, 285 and 490 of the criminal Law of Lagos State No.11, 2011.
In her ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, remanded him at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter till December 10, 2019, for the hearing of the bail application.