Pastor sentenced to 3 years in jail for stealing church funds

By AdvocateNews on 08/02/2021

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A pastor of the Living Faith Church, aka Winners’ Chapel, Afolabi Samuel, has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for stealing $90,000 and N4.5m belonging to the registered trustees of the church.

Samuel, an accountant and the church’s treasurer, was sentenced by the ‎Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja‎.

He ‎was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on two counts of conspiracy and stealing by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

It was alleged that Samuel and one Blessing Kolawole, an employee of the Covenant University, who is currently at large, conspired and stole the money and converted the same to their personal uses.

The EFCC said Samuel connived with Kolawole and others to take advantage of their position as the church’s treasurer and worker at the university, respectively.

The offences contravened sections 278, 285 and 490 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11, 2011.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada found Samuel guilty of the charges.

Posted 08/02/2021 9:53:03 PM

 

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