Lagos prophet bags seven years’ imprisonment for duping member of N59.7 million

Peoples Gazette

A Lagos-based prophet, Cletus Ilongwo, has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for defrauding his church member of N59.7 million.

An Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos on Thursday, found Mr Ilongwo, the Presiding Pastor of the Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry, guilty of seven counts of fraud and stealing.

Delivering judgment, Justice Sherifat Solebo ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s property situated at No. 3 Popoola Ajayi St., Diamond Estate in Amuwo Odofin to the complainant.

“His Toyota Prado is also to be forfeited to the Federal Government as restitution to settle the complainant,” Solebo said.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) submitted that the convict on January 29, 2016, defrauded a former member of his congregation, Obinna Ezenwaka.

EFCC counsel, Nwandu Ukoha, told the court that Mr Ilongwo collected the sum in tranches through his Zenith Bank account 1003455899.

Mr Ukoha said that the convict received the amount from Mr Ezenwaka on different occasions in 2016 on the pretext of helping him to purchase a property located at 165c Diamond Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos…


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