Nigeria: EFCC arrests pastor for defrauding church member of N18 million
Pastor ThankGod Udechukwu
London, May 29, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A self acclaimed pastor, and founder of Jesus the General Outreach Ministry based in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, Nigeria, ThankGod Udechukwu has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office.
Udechukwu who hails from Ozalla, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State was arrested on Wednesday May 23, 2018
for allegedly defrauding a church member to the tune of N18 million in business deal
According to the victim and complainant who resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, his traumatic ordeals in the hands of Udechukwu started with a suggestion that he hands over four Highlander SUVs he imported to him, claiming that one of his church members was willing to buy the vehicles and other consignments valued at N16.000,000 (Sixteen Million Naira only)
After waiting for a while for the remittance of the monies without success, the Pastor muted the idea of starting a transport services business and suggested buying two Sienna buses. As if, under a spell, the complainant agreed to the business idea.
Again, with nothing coming out of the transport business, the complainant said he was no more interested in the venture and instructed the suspect to sell off the two buses. Udechukwu sold one of the buses and converted the proceed for his personal use.
Some months after, the pastor further suggested a business to the complainant and introduced him to one Amechi Chuks Amechi who claimed to work with Nigeria Breweries and that he could assist in securing a dealership from the company. He claimed the deal would cost the complainant the sum of N2,370,000.00 (Two Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira only) which he transferred to Amechi’s company’s account, Royal Homes Furniture Company Limited with First Bank Plc.
The petitioner who had hoped to use part of the proceeds from his investments to start some businesses in Nigeria was totally devastated when on coming home, discovered that the pastor and his friend had diverted most of the monies realised to their personal use.
Investigation revealed that he used the monies in all the businesses to expand his church buildings and take care of personal issues.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the development to Alternativeafrika.com saying said the case will be charged to court soon.