Controversy has surrounded a N42m tithe paid into the UBA account of NKST Church High Level, Makurdi, Benue State following the shielding of the donor’s identity by the church.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the founder of the church, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan initially denied knowledge of the offering due to the controversy it generated.
However, a copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January – March, reportedly confirmed the payment of N42million tithe to the church.
NAN said that the report showed that the money, which was the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter was paid into the church’s account in January.
According to the publication by NAN, the breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2 million and an expenditure of N33.7 million within the same time frame.
Reacting to the financial report, the pastor who initially denied explained that his initial denial was based on the allegations that the donor was an appointee of the Benue government:
“I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state,” he was quoted as saying by NAN.
The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu U Sudan hen Tiv’, meaning the Church of Christ Amongst the Tiv