Church Accountant admits stealing $90,000, remanded in custody

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An accountant with the Living Faith Church, Canaan land, Ota, Ogun State, Pastor Afolabi Samuel, has been remanded in prison on the order the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos having allegedly admitted to have stolen the sum of $90,000 and N4.5 million belonging to the Registered Trustees of the church.

Afolabi Samuel was brought before Justice Mojisola Dada by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), today, November 25

The EFCC prosecutor, S. O. Daji, alleged that the defendant committed the offences sometime on September 24 and December 31, 2018, in Lagos. He added that Samuel and one Mrs Blessing Kolawole, a staff of the Covenant University (now at large), converting the said sum to their own personal use.

A petition submitted to the EFCC by Chioma Okwuanyi & Co legal practitioners, said: “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.

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“The duo continued doing so until sometime in the month of 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.

“When confronted by the church, Pastor Samuel, who lives around the church at Raji Oba, Lagos admitted committing the act and even voluntarily made a written confession where he detailed how they have been stealing from the church.”

Justice Dada remanded him at the Correctional Centre and adjourned the case to December 10, 2019, for the hearing of bail application.

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