Prophet arraigned for allegedly defrauding church members of N54.5m
The founder of Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry, aka Tuesday Tuesday Church, Shoba, Abule-Ado, Lagos, Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, was yesterday arraigned at an Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding church members of N54.5 million.
The cleric is facing an 11-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before Justice Sherifat Solebo.
According to the EFCC, Ilongwo allegedly committed the offences between January and April 2016.
In one of the charges, Ilongwo allegedly collected N13 5million from Obinna Ezenwaka on the pretext that he would help him purchase a property located at 165c, Diamond Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
He was also accused of collecting N10million from Ezenwaka on the pretext of purchasing the same property, but, however, failed to do so.
The defendant was alleged to have at various times collected N10million, N7million, N3million and N150,000 from Ezenwaka through his Zenith Bank account 1003455899.
Prophet Ilongwo, who wore a long red robe, however, pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to the defendant, P.N Orji, informed the court about a pending bail application he had filed on behalf of his client.
EFCC prosecutor Ahmed Yerima did not oppose the application, but asked for time to respond to the application.
Justice Solebo adjourned the matter till November 14 and 19 for hearing of the bail application and for trial to begin.
Prophet Ilongwo was arrested early this year by the Police and EFCC after a former member of the church reported that he allegedly defrauded him of N85 million.
After he was invited for interrogation, he jumped bail and efforts to re-arrest him failed until his surety was arrested by security operatives.