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Oyedepo expresses disappointment over millions stolen by church officials

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The founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has expressed his disappointment about goings on in the church.

Speaking at the empowerment summit organised for ordained workers of the church, the cleric said he was disappointed that professionals trusted by the church to prevent fraud turned themselves into a network of fraudsters.

Oyedepo talked about how some very high up officials, mainly accountants, had looted the church’s treasury. The man of God, however, disclosed that those involved in the act have since been relieved of their positions in the church.

He said: “Can you imagine accountants perpetrating fraud in the house of God?

“We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top church officials engaging in doubling figures and other dubious practices. “Even after we dismissed them, we discovered more fraud.

“Those who should discover the fraud were the ones involved in it. One of them refused to confess until the last minute.”

Oyedepo advised church members against employing or sympathising with any of the dismissed officials. According to him, anyone who sympathises with the wicked is wicked himself.

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Court Sends Sotitobire Founder To Prison

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A Chief Magistrate in Akure, Ondo State, Charity Adeyanju, on Friday, ordered the continued detention of Prophet Babatunde Alfa, standing trial over the case of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, who went missing in his church.

Magistrate Adeyanju ordered that Babatunde remain in detention at the Olokuta Correctional Facility till February 5, 2020, pending the hearing of the legal advise from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

However, journalists were barred from covering the trial as Adeyanju ordered all journalists in the courtroom to vacate their seats without giving reasons.

The suspect was brought into the court premises alongside six workers of his church amidst heavy security after the journalists vacated the court.

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NDLEA Intercepts 895 Kg of Cannabis in Kano.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Kano command intercepted 895 kilograms of cannabis in Kano.

The NDLEA, Kano State Commandant, Dr Ibrahim Abdul stated this while briefing newsmen, on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the huge concealment originated from Ogbese, Ondo state and billed to be distributed to Kano and Bauchi state.

“Our operatives intercepted a trailer truck at Kwanar Dan-Gora, Kiru local government area where huge concealment of suspected cannabis sativa amidst other goods was discovered,” He said.

Dr Abdul stressed the Kano command unalloyed determination blended with unflinching cooperation from the members of the general public to rid the state of the drug abuse and trafficking has amounted to this spectacular arrest and seizure.

“Three men and one female suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure” he confirmed.

Dr Abdul added that the truck driver was presently at large, and the female suspect in detention was said to be the wife of the driver on the run, who was said to be wedded to him for less than a fortnight ago.

The NDLEA Kano commandant, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul has craved the cooperation of the general public, to remain steadfast towards compliments the efforts of his command to stem the tide and get Kano rip-off drug abuse.

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Bishop Oyedepo Sacks Official Who Stole Millions From Church’s Treasury

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David Oyedepo, presiding bishop of the Winner’s Chapel, has dismissed an undisclosed number of officials for allegedly looting the church’s treasury.

The 65-year-old clergyman spoke on Saturday during an empowerment summit organized for the church’s ordained workers.

Oyedopo disclosed this in the presence of Winner’s pastors, zonal ministers, deacons, ushers and other stakeholders at the event.

He said some “very high up officials,” including accountants, turned themselves into a network of fraudsters — the very vices they were “trusted to prevent.”

Expressing his disappointment at the development, Oyedepo warned church members never to sympathize with or employ them as doing so makes them accomplices of the “evil act.”

“We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top church officials engaging in doubling figures and other dubious practices. After we dismissed them, we discovered more fraud,” he said.

“Those who should discover the fraud were the ones involved in it. One of them refused to confess until the last minute. Can you imagine accountants perpetrating fraud in the house of God?

“Don’t employ them, don’t sympathize. Whoever sympathizes with the wicked is wicked himself. Don’t sympathize with any perpetrator of fraud, otherwise, you are a partaker of the evil act.”

The looting scandal comes not long after Oyedepo was rumoured to have approved N650 million for road repairs in Ogun state.

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