Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel has warned the public to beware of some officials of the Church sacked over fraudulent practices.
He gave the warning at a workers meeting held on Saturday during which he disclosed that the former staff were mainly from the Accounts and finance department.
” We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top officials, Executive Secretary, Financial Controller, Chief Internal Auditor and other finance officers who were engaged in doubling figures and other dubious practices.
” Even after we dismissed them, we discovered more fraud. Those who should discover the fraud were the ones involved in it. One of them refused to confess and was crying until the last minute”
Bishop Oyedepo said it was unfortunate that the dismissed staff were people who were being commended for being good workers before they were caught.
He said employers and the public should beware of the former staff who may claim to have worked with the church without disclosing what they did.
He said the dismissed staff do not deserve any sympathy considering their wicked and fraudulent act.
”Whoever sympathise with the wicked is wicked himself. They should be rebuked sharply according to the scriptures and that is what we have done ” Oyedepo stated.
He did not mention the names of the affected staff and when they were sacked.
Justice Mojisola Dada of Lagos State Special Offences Court, recently remanded a pastor of the Church Afolabi Samuel, in Kirikiri Correctional Centre for alleged stealing and conspiracy.
Samuel, an accountant and the church’s treasurer, was on Monday, November 25, 2019, arraigned before the court, for allegedly stealing $90,000 and N4.5 million belonging to the registered trustees of the church.
The pastor and one Blessing Kolawole, an employee of the Covenant University, who is currently at large, were said to have conspired and dishonestly stole the money and converted the same for their personal uses.
In the petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), dated June 26, 2019, and signed by Chioma Okwuanyi and Co, legal practitioners, Samuel, who was employed in the account department of the church to maintain proper records of funds, allegedly connived with Kolawole and others to take advantage of their position as the church’s treasurer and worker at the university, respectively.
“The duo started carrying out various acts of breach of trust and fraudulent commission of unconscionable economic crime and sabotage by unlawfully diverting to their private use the church’s money in Pastor Samuel’s custody without the permission of the church.
“The duo continued doing so until sometime in December 2018 when they ran out of luck and all their secret acts of economic sabotage and financial crime of fraudulently tampering with the church’s money were revealed.
“When confronted by the church, Pastor Samuel, who lives around the church on Raji Oba Street, Akowonjo, Lagos, admitted to committing the act and even voluntarily made a written confession where he detailed how they had been stealing from the church.”