The police have arrested one Pastor Franklin Chinedu, a minister with the Mountain of Fire Ministry, Oshodi District, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a widow, Charity Onje Isaac, who was paid her late husband’s gratuity, Pmexpress is reporting.
It was gathered that the victim, Charity, was deceived through a false prophecy and lost the N850,000, she was paid by her late husband’s employer, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
Chinedu had prophesied to and asked Charity to give him the money as he was divinely directed by God. The Benue State-born widow obediently gave him the money but later realised that she had been duped.
However, she went back to the pastor’s house only to discover that he had moved out from the apartment to another rented flat. Narrating how the whole scam happened, the widow said met Chinedu who told her about the death of her husband and the gratuity.
He also told the woman that serious prayer is needed to be done so that FAAN can release her husband’s money. She said when the money was eventually released, Chinedu invited her and told her that God said she should give him the money.
Charity said she did not know what came over her as she handed the money to him. She said she realised what happened when she had no money to feed the family, and she started looking for the pastor and then reported to the church what happened.
Chinedu, however, said he prayed for the woman and the money was paid and he borrowed the money from her but was unable to raise money to pay her back. When Chinedu was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Akeem Fashola granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail.