Alleged scam: Pastor institutes case against members over defamatory publication

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A Pastor and his wife have instituted a case against members of his church  at the Lagos High Court alleging them of giving false statements to the Police at the Special Fraud Unit, Milverton, Lagos, where they were interrogated over an alleged scam.

The claimants, who are the  founder and General Overseer of the Discipleship Christian Fellowship located at 13 Eckanker Street, Jakande Ejigbo, Lagos, Pastor Chinedu Nwaoha and his wife, Prophetess Ndidiamaka, in the suit number 40952/2018 before the Ikeja High Court averred that they collectively and severally suffered immense damages sequel to the defamatory publication by the defendants (members) and asked for N30m as damages.

The Pastor and his wife also prayed the Court to grant an injunction against further publications and give an order compelling the defendants to tender an apology published in a National Newspaper circulating within Lagos State environment refuting the erroneous publications.

However, it was gathered that the Pastor and his wife were allegedly accused of directing Mr. Ekeh, one of his church members to sell his family house located at Vineyard Street off Sewage Road, Jakande in Oke-Afa, Isolo area of Lagos, where he lives with his family and sow the proceeds as seed in their church.

Thus, his wife, Mrs. Celine Ekeh and daughter, Ugochi, were said to have resisted the move, reported the alleged plan to the Police and it eventually failed after the police intervened.

It was during the crisis, that some members of the church, who had suffered some kind of exploitation and humiliation through the Pastor’s false prophecies, then opened up and told the police about their ordeal in the church.

Some of the victims, who accused the Church of shortchanging them included, Mrs. Ukamaka Anowai, who alleged that she was hypnotized and made to lose her four children to the church.

Others were Mrs. Mary Nweke and Mrs. Juliana Oriala, who told the Police that the church abducted her sister while the money reportedly sent to Mrs. Oriala by her sister living abroad was taken from her. Another set of victims were Mrs. Mary Essiet and Mr. Onyekachi Kalu, who alleged that Pastor Nwaoha abducted his 89-year old father, Mr. Linus Kalu, forced him to go to their village and sell all his properties and then bring the money to the church.

 

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