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EFCC Nabs Pastor Over N3.9m Fraud In Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested an Ilorin-based clergyman, Prophet Adeniyi James, for allegedly defrauding a member of his church of N3.9 million.

James is the General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Freedom City Prophetic and Deliverance Ministry in Ilorin.

In a statement in Ilorin on Saturday, the commission’s head of media and publicity, Dele Oyewale, noted that the Ilorin zonal command of the EFCC arrested James on April 2 over the said offence.

Oyewale quoted the victim, Oluwole Babarinsa, as stating in a petition to the commission, that James called him out during a church programme sometime in 2021 and claimed that he had a revelation that he (victim) would travel abroad.

“The petitioner stated that the cleric, in the course of giving the revelation, asked him about his preferred country, which he replied, ‘Canada’ and they agreed to talk later in order to perfect arrangements for the trip.

“The petitioner stated that James later told him that he had a friend in Lagos who could help him facilitate his relocation to Canada, but at a cost of N1.7 million, and N2.5 million for processing of flight ticket and travel documents respectively.

“Babarinsa added that he had to sell some of his properties and took some loans before he could raise N3,980,000, which he gave the prophet to facilitate his relocation to Canada.

“After a prolonged waiting with no result, the petitioner became agitated and began to query the prophet’s vision, prompting him to ask for a refund of his money.

“He stated that all efforts and entreaties to the suspect to refund his money yielded no positive result,” the EFCC spokesman noted.

He said the suspect would be arraigned in court after the conclusion of investigation.

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