Documents available to SaharaReporters have revealed how Living Faith Church Worldwide, owned by Bishop David Oyedepo, received N35million from the funds allegedly stolen from the accounts of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

On February 17, 2017, a witness had testified before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that Oyedepo's church received N35million from the funds allegedly stolen from the accounts of NIMASA.

The money was said to have been paid on the instruction of Major General Emanuel Atewe, a former Commander of the Joint Task Fraud, who is being prosecuted for fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). See Also EFCC Press Release N8.5bn Fraud: How Army General Diverted N4.1bn NIMASA Funds - Witness

Ahidjo Ikem, an EFCC witness, had told the court in 2017 that Atewe gave no reason for the transfer.

From documents obtained by SaharaReporters, the money was paid through one Jaggan Limited in three tranches.

Two transfers of N10million each were made from Jaggan Limited to the Living Faith Church worldwide account domiciled at Eco Bank PLC on November 27, 2014. Another N15million was transferred on the same day.

A letter dated February 26, 2016, addressed to the EFCC by Woyengikari Gikari, the Customer Service Manager, in charge of Yenagoa III Branch of Ecobank Nigeria Limited, affirmed the documents as the true statement of account of the church, listing the account number as 3042029641.


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