EFCC arrests Kwara pastor for defrauding church member N3.9m

April 7th, 2024

The General Overseer of CAC Freedom City Prophetic and Deliverance Ministry, Ilorin, Kwara State, Adeniyi James, has been detained by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly cheating a church member out of N3,980,000.

The victim, Oluwole Babarinsa, had claimed in a petition to the commission that James had called him out during a church program at some point in 2021, saying he had received a revelation that he would fly overseas, according to a statement released by the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale.

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In the document, the petitioner said that when the cleric asked him about his favorite nation during the revelation, he answered, “Canada.”

“Thereafter, we struck an agreement to talk later to perfect arrangements for the trip. The prophet later told me that he had a friend in Lagos who could help me facilitate my relocation to Canada, but for N1.7 million and N2.5 million for processing of flight ticket and travel documents, respectively” the petitioner said.

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The commission mentioned that the petitioner further disclosed that he had to sell some of his property and took some loans before he could raise N3,980,000, which he gave the prophet to facilitate his quick relocation to Canada. The petitioner further said that after prolonged waiting with no result, he became agitated and began to query the prophet’s vision, prompting him to ask for a refund of his money.

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He said that all efforts and entreaties to the suspect to refund his money yielded no positive result.

The EFCC said that the suspect would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigations.


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