NSCDC Nab Pastor over N1.7million Fraud in Ondo

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A pastor ,James Abiodun Adeniyi,who allegedly swindled his church members seeking America Visas and employment, was arrested by Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Adeniyi is the founder and officiating pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church(CAC) Freedom City International, located at No 7, Gbogi Street, Akure, the state capital.

NSCDC sector commandant, Awili Pedro, said the cleric was arrested after series of complaints by some church members who fell victim of his alleged fraudulent activities.

Awili, while parading Adeniyi before journalists said the suspect duped a member of his church of N1.7 million by promising to obtain an American Visa for her son.

He also said sometime in November, 2017, the prophet made an announcement in his church that anybody that needed a job should contact him.

According to the commandant, the suspect allegedly duped some unemployed youths who paid between N400,000 and N500, 000 into his account.

"He was later arrested and made to refund part of the money to those youths he defrauded when he failed to fulfill his promise.

"Early this year, he brought a man, Olamilekan Omole, to his church and introduced him to the congregation as his new personal assistant.

"He also introduced this man as a travel agent who can help them procure visa and passport to travel out of the country," Awili said.

One of the victims, Faláadé Olukinni, while narrating her ordeal, said she started attending the church from the beginning of 2018.

Olukinni, who is a trader, said she paid the pastor and his agent a sum of N1.7 million to procure America visa for his son, Timileyin.

"I started attending his church this year. He introduced his personal assistant as a travel agent who can help to procure America visa and I approached them for my son's visa.

"The pastor advised me not to pay until there is a directive from God. He called me in February to go on with the arrangement and I paid for the visa by transferring the money into Olamilekan's account twice. They assured me the visa would be ready before the end of April.

"After transferring the money to the personal assistant, he no longer picked my calls. He disappeared and his number ceased to go through. I approached the pastor but he said he knew nothing about it.

"He promised to get across to the agent. When nothing was done, I demanded for the refund of the money. But the pastor claimed to be unaware of what transpired between me and the agent," she said.

Another victim, Solomon Dauda, said he had taken the pastor to court for collecting money from him and his family for visa.

The suspect, however, did not deny the allegations, promising to refund the money collected from the woman if released from the custody of the NSCDC.

He said he was the one who introduced her to the agent who had ran away and whose whereabouts he did not know.

"I have agreed to pay back the money. The money was paid into Omole's account but I promised to pay back the money. They only need to give some little time," he said.

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