It seems the year 2020 would be full of dramatic, unexpected and shocking stories as a Federal High Court sitting in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, has sentenced an accountant of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria, Ibrahim Aku, to 18 years in prison for fraud.
EFCC revealed that the money was generated by the church members through offerings, donations and tithes.
The defendant, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was sentenced to 18-years in prison without an option of fine.
The Court also ordered Aku to pay back the money as restitution to the church, adding that the proceeds of the crime recovered in the course of the investigation should be sold and the funds should be remitted to the church.
In his reaction to the judgement, an EFCC official, Bello Bajoga, said: “The convict was entrusted with church money and he ended up diverting the money and forged tellers and presented same as genuine, to serve as evidence of payment of the remittance”.
In another development, the General Overseer of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, has dismissed some senior officials of the ministry for allegedly looting the church treasury.