Two Pastors Convicted By Court For Stealing N32m

Justice F. O. Ohwo of the Delta State High Court, Warri, on Wednesday convicted and sentenced Pastor Glory Okeoghene Abrefera and Reverend Vincent Okpogu to seven years imprisonment each for stealing depositors’ funds amounting to N32 million.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren said:  “The two clergymen were nabbed after deceiving unsuspecting members of the public into investing in Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, a wonder bank, and defrauded them of their hard-earned money.”

While delivering judgment today, Justice Ohwo convicted the accused persons on all of the nine-count charge preferred against them by the EFCC.

They were sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each count. The sentence is to run concurrently.

According to the judge, the convicts would serve the seven-year term at Okere Prisons in Warri, Delta State, after completing the 10 years sentence they are currently serving for illegal banking.

Abrefera and Okpogu were on January 7, 2013, convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Justice I. N. Buba of the Federal High Court in Asaba on a four-count charge, for operating a wonder bank called Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited.

According to the prosecutor, Mr. G. K. Latona, the convicts are still answering to other charges at Otor-Udu High Court for related offences.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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