EFCC Docks Pastor Over Visa Scam

Henry Uhunmwagho, arraigned by the EFCC recently at the Federal High Court, Benin
By Wilson Uwujaren- Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, November12, 2012, arraigned Pastor Henry Uhunmwagho, 33, before Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court 2 sitting in Benin City, Edo State on a nine count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence.

Count number one of the charges read: “that you Henry Uhunmwagho on or about the 13th day of August, 2010 in Benin within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Odion Princewill C. under the pretence that you were going to procure a United States of America Visa for him which you knew was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Henry, a pastor with Church of God Mission, Suleja, Niger State, was arrested by the EFCC on the 11th May, 2012, following a petition by Godwin Ochai, a legal practitioner, on behalf of one Mr. Odom Princewill.

He was alleged to have collected the sum of One Million, Four Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand Naira (N1, 436,000) under false pretence to process a United States of American Visa for the petitioner but failed to do so.

Though he pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him in court, the accused had admitted in his statement to the EFCC that he collected the alleged money from the petitioner and gave it to one Eze Chucks ( now at large), to process the visa but failed to do so.

Princewill, in his petition against Henry, alleged that sometimes in 2010, he was introduced to the accused, by Rev. Uzor Onyekwere of the Church of God Mission, Benin. The petitioner alleged that the suspect claimed to know an in-law to the then Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and promised to help him secure a two-year visa to United States of America.

“I paid a total sum of one million, four hundred and thirty six thousand naira (N1, 436, 000) into Mr Henry’s Diamond Bank account, but the visa was not processed. At a point, he asked me to go to the Abuja International Airport and wait for the personal assistant to the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada whom I will be travelling with, but I did not see anybody when I got there. I tried to call Henry, but his phone was switched off,” Princewill said
The defence counsel, Pius Ezeh moved the oral application for bail but was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Chioma Okongwu. Justice Ajoku in her ruling said the defence counsel did not present anything before the court to show why the accused should be granted bail.

She adjourned the matter to 29th November, 2012 for hearing on the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.

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You want them 2 cover hom abi?
So,that the whole issue will die down and he will go unpunished......mtsheew!!!#

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You are wasting your time on EFCC. They are the most corrupt organisation in Nigeria,followed by Customs then, nepa. Did you not hear what is happening in Ebonyi federal college of Agriculture where The new provost discovered fraud running into more than 100 million naira and the board of the institution approached the EFCC in Enugu,and Bribed them to detain the Provost because, the man refused to allow such fraud in his administration and he refused to release the money to them to be shared. They inflated grade levels of lecturers and included both ghost and retired
workers into the vouchers collected huge monthly allocations from federal government. The Board will inturn share the excess and also pay some amount to the workers.The man had to run to Abuja with his evidence. The case is still on in the institution till now.Reporters are not allowed to visit the school because some prominent men and legislators involved on the fraud dont want their name to be made public.

Efcc, do u have a conviction yet?

i believe Efcc did not investigate the claims of the pastor of having being duped himself.Should this have been posted at all since there is no conviction for the pastor yet. Efcc, please, what happens to presumption of innocence in our laws?


well said

Only in 9ja!

Only in 9ja will a 'self-agreed' 419 go to law to prosecute another 419 who supposedly duped him. We all know that the only money charged by (collected by) the US govt for tourist visa processing is $160.00 (about NGN25,000.00). Anyone willing to pay NGN1.4mln is obviously trying to obtain a visa fraudulently. The claimant should also be charged for fraud, possibly with his lawyer. Enough of this kind of stuff, we need to move forward! EFCC, we are not impressed, go for the real thieves.


It seems the present team of EFCC do not have enough work to do thereby pursuing minor cases... Let the Nigerian Police hand over all criminal cases to them....mediocres!

EFCC docks pastor over visa scams

A thief is a thief,if the pastor is found guilty,he should be punished,there are so many false prophets or pastors out there,isn' it unwise for one to pay 1.5 million naira for a visa to the USA ,when the unemployment rate is so high over there,why are we so blind to see that the us might not always be solution to our problems.when you could have used that vast amount of money to start something in Nigeria

Wilson Uwujaren, pls stop this cheap popularity stunt.

Wilson Uwujaren why would you bother us with this no news? Why should the EFCC be going after such 'petty crime' people who have stolen billions of Naira are walking the streets of Nigeria as free men? Honestly, with this your useless updates on SR, you are debasing the EFCC. This is a case that the Nigerian Police can handle and willnot make any noise, like you are making, about it. You should sit up and do value-added work that will justify your pay.
On another note, even though I am not supporting fraud in any way, why would you pay someone for visa? Don't you know where the embassy is? Except you have nefarious motives for travelling abroad, there is no reason why you should pay somebody,even ifs/he works in the embassy, for visa.

I agree with yiu

I seriously agree with you here, with the trillions, and billions been stolen every day , Just 1 million plus abegi this is for NPF really

Igbo and ilegalities

Must Igbo people be involve in illegal businnes?

EFCC we are not deceived.

Let it be known by all and sundry that the EFCC is filled with northern jihadist islamist. We are not deceived by this "appearing to be working" news flash. EFCC knows that there are more northern islamic thieves in our system than southernerns. But in their bid to carry on their jihadist agenda they now go for Pastors to discredit Christianity. Again you have failed in this! " they did cry there. Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise. You have passed your appointed time".

EFCC Pls go after the bigger thieves!

EFCC, pls go after the bigger thieves in government. Go after the politicians, governors. senatos, legislators, ministers etc. You have their case files, you know what they have done and so please remove all barricades to get them convicted.

Leave all this small-small thieves for the local NPF to handle. After all, it is their job in the first place!

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