Apostle Kingsley Abiekunogho, founder of God is Able Mega Fire Ministry, Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was on Wednesday arraigned for allegedly duping a member of his church, Seiyefa Sayou into giving him(Abiekunogho) as gifts: an SUV, and N20,000(Twenty Thousand Naira).
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Abiekunogho who was dragged before Magistrate Eke Spiff at Magistrate’s Court 3, was accused of carrying out the dastardly act with another pastor simply identified as Apostle Chris.
The court heard that Apostle Chris was a guest minister at a crusade of God is Able Mega Fire Ministry on September 9, 2017, and on the invitation of an unnamed friend of Sayou, he was in the congregation.
The victim was allegedly conned by the clerics after Apostle Chris told him to give all the money he had, and his car to the church, and narrated frightening stories of the consequences of defying him.
Sayou said he started falling into their trap when the guest minister asked him how much he had on him and in his bank account, and he said N15, 000(Fifteen Thousand Naira).
According to him: “The pastor said, ‘How can an honourable like you have only N15,000?’ Eventually, I was compelled to pledge N20,000. We were asked to redeem our pledges the following day.
“The following day, I went to my bank and withdrew the N15,000 in my account. I borrowed N5,000 to make up the N20,000 I vowed.
“Apostles Chris and Abiekunogho also asked how many cars I had and I said one. They said I should sow it as a seed and that I would get double of what I had given. Thereafter, the guest pastor gave me honey to drink and mandated me to do change of ownership of the vehicle immediately. “They brought a form to me that said I voluntarily gave out my car and I signed without knowing what I was doing.
“Thereafter, I went to a shop, bought a nylon bag and packed all my belongings and went home. When I got home, my wife asked me for the car and I told her that I had sown it as a seed. She said since it was for God, there was no problem.”
Continued: “After several months, things got worse for me. So, I asked the pastor to return my vehicle because many months had passed without any form of financial increase.
“When the pastor refused to return the SUV to me, I reported to the police. The pastor was invited. When the pastor got to the police station, he said he had sold the car which I bought N3.9m for N1.5m.
“When the person who bought the car was contacted, he asked for N3m to release the car. But the police refused and ordered him to bring it. He later brought the car to the station after the pastor was detained.”
The Magistrate, Spiff, ordered Abiekunogho to produce the guest minister in court at the next hearing.