Abuja pastor diverts N15 million from the church for his Ph.D., covertly enlists wife on church payroll

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Omosebi Fred Adeola on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, abuse of authority, and diversion of money totalling N15,619,000 before Justice A.O Otaluka of the Federal High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja on Tuesday.

Adeola, an Adventist Church Pastor and Country Director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency of Nigeria, reportedly misappropriated Church relief money for personal use, including paying for his Ph.D. degree at Babcock University, and unlawfully enrolled his wife on the Church’s payroll.

 

The pastor, who worked for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency of Nigeria and was a signatory to the Agency’s numerous bank accounts, reportedly committed the crime in December 2017 in Abuja.

The defendant, however, pled not guilty to all counts. And Justice Otaluka granted him bail in the amount of N10 million with two sureties in the same amount. The sureties must be Abuja residents, own a property worth N10 million, and disclose their address.

They must also furnish identity cards, passport photos, and a bond of N3 million. The trial date has been set on September 30, 2021.

 

 


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