CORRUPTION IN THE CHURCH OF GOD

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Mon. 8th July – Sun 21st July, 2013

Prophet Dupes Church Member in Ado-Ekiti

Wonders, they say, shall never end. A man of God, who is supposed to be a role model in the society is now cooling his feet at the headquarters of Ekiti State Police Command, for allegedly duping one of his church members whom he trickishly collected his 2012 model High Lander Toyota Jeep and sold same for seven million naira (N7m) only.

The man of God, Pastor Olusola Adesina of Christ Chosen Generation, located along Iyin Road in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, had preached prosperity in one of his sermon sometime last month and he urged his members to always learn how to give substantial things to their pastor, saying, “By doing this, you will make heaven because I will be ready to offer my prayers for you willingly”, the pastor had told his congregation at one of their monthly services.

Wednesday after that Sunday service, one of his members, Elder Adeogun Adedeji, came to see the pastor for one thing or the other; he came with a friend, simply identified as Chief Oluwole, a businessman who has chains of businesses in both Lagos and Ekiti states.

They came to the church premises in a light blue coloured High Lander Toyota Jeep with registration plate number LAGOS XA 374 K.JA belonging to Chief Oluwole. After being through with the agenda that brought him to the church, Mr. Adedeji, the church member, introduced his friend, Chief Oluwole to his prophet, and he prayed for the chief. After about five minutes prayer, the prophet escorted the two friends out of the church auditorium to where they had parked their car (the jeep); it was at this junction that the prophet murmured some few words and told the chief that, “The Lord said that you should not ride this vehicle home; you should sow it as a seed to the man of God”, and without any argument, Chief Oluwole switched off the engine and handed over the keys to Prophet Adesina while his friend stood in amusement, they had to go back to their destination in a Taxi. The following day, Chief Oluwole came back to the church and handed over all the documents of the High Lander Jeep to the prophet, with change of ownership, emphasizing that the Jeep had been sold to the prophet.

But the cat was led out of the basket when two days later, Mrs. Jullana Oluwole and his children asked the chief what had happened to his Jeep and Chief Oluwole told his wife and children that the vehicle was with the mechanic, but after five days when the wife insisted on going to see the Jeep at the mechanic workshop, at least to verify the extent of damage done to the car, the chief told his wife that he had sold the Jeep and that he had lodged the money into his bank account. At the end of the day, his friend, Elder Adedeji, narrated to his own wife what had happened the previous week to his friend’s Jeep, how the prophet had instructed Chief Oluwole to give the Jeep to the work of God. It was Mrs. Florence Adedeji that eventually told his husband’s friend’s wife what really happened to chiefs Toyota High Lander Jeep.

On hearing the true story, Chief Oluwole’s wife immediately called his husband’s immediate junior brother who is a serving senior police officer with Kano state police command, who in turn put a call through to Ekiti state commissioner of police and it was the CF that instructed the officer-in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to arrest the man of God. When the detectives got to the church premises along Iyin Road, the prophet was said to have travelled out of town to Abuja for a two-day programme. Four days later, when the team of policemen arrived the church premises on a tip-off, they met the prophet and he was promptly arrested and brought to the State police headquarters in Ado-Ekiti where he confessed to have collected the Jeep from the chief. Upon further interrogation, he told the police that he had sold the Jeep to a motor dealer in Bonn, Kwara state capital, for a whopping sum of seven million naira (N7m) only; the motor dealer, simply identified as Aihaji Tijani Arowolo, an Offa indigene but based in Bonn where he sells various types of vehicles, was eventually arrested and brought to Ado-Ekiti with the Jeep which our correspondent saw where it was neatly parked.

All efforts to speak to the Ekiti state police command PPRO proved abortive as he was said to be out of the state capital for an official assignment and his telephone lines where not going either, but a source at the police headquarters, who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that, “Both the prophet and the motor dealer are in our custody and they will soon appear in court as soon as we conclude our investigation; they will be charged for what we call obtaining under pretence (419) and buying stolen goods.

The police authority in Ekiti however said the Toyota High Lander Jeep will soon be released to its owner as soon as investigation is concluded.

 

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DATE: Mon. 8th July – Sun 21st July, 2013

 

JOEL SAMUEL FEYISOLA

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