EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Three Pastors For $25,000 Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Monday March 18, 2013 arraigned Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara, Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Services Limited before Justice Adebisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court on a seven count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money under false pretense; issuance of dishonoured cheques and forgery contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006.

They were alleged to have obtained the sum of $25,000(Twenty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) from Angel Estate Residents Development Association, Ojo, Lagos as processing fees for sourcing foreign loan for them to purchase an expanse of land at Nkwelle Ezumaka Estate in Anambra state.
One of the charges reads:  “that you Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara and Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Service Limited on or about 27 October, 2011, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judiciary Division with intent to defraud obtained the sum of $25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand United States of America Dollars only) from Angel Estate Resident Development Association of D10/58 ASPAMDA Trade Fair Complex, Ojo Lagos by falsely representing that it is part payment of the cost of processing $100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million United States of America Dollars) foreign loan you had sourced for them for the purchase of an expanse of land  at Nkwelle Ezumaka Estate, Oyi Local Government, Area of Anambra State, which representation you knew to be false."

Another charge reads: "that you Pastor David Nnanso Eshiet, Pastor Samson Okemona Ugbara, Pastor Adesanmi Richard Aderoju and Prince and Zion International Service Ltd on or about 28th February, 2012, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud forged Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation sales contracts papers titled “sales & purchase contract agreement CIF Crude Oil with the aim of facilitating your obtaining money from the public".

When the charge was read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi asked for trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody. But counsel to the defendants, F.O Udokporoh, however urged the court to admit his clients to bail.  

Justice Adebisi fixed March 27, 2013 for hearing of the bail applications and May 22, 2013 for trial. She ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

18th March, 2013

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So how do we know a genuine

So how do we know a genuine pastor? One with tattered clothes, can barely feed his family and has a wreck as a church facility? Pastors are also men born to live life like you. We have fakes, but that does not disprove the existence of originals.

Useless EFCC

EFCC has lost focus, vision and direction. It should be shut down. The real thieves are not arrested and prosecuted anymore by EFCC. SR should stop publishing this types of storey. In Nigeria, if you steal billions, you will not be prosecuted but if you are involved in little mistaken crime, EFCC will prosecute you. Shame to EFCC.

Before a Nigeria Judge

Before a Nigeria Judge decides on a verdict, he or she will weigh how much is involved. A thief at lagos recently accused our distinguished Nigeria senators of stealing and he compared how much he stole with the senators, the governors and judges. How I wish the story could be published on Sahara for the whole world to read? The man said he was paid 12,000 monthly to be a securiy guard. In a sane county, that is a challenge for the Intellectuals, technocrats, Union leaders and judges.

More pastors in Niger

There are more pastors in Nigeria than in heaven! Amen

Look at this useless

Look at this useless EFCC....struggling to be relevant....................................this is what u get when u have a rotten head in d form of dumbo joe.............the likes of EFCC make it a habit to celebrate small victories............. RUBBISH!!!!


What is $25,000.00 that EFCC is arraigning them for? When there are ex governors and govt.officials to go after? #crazynation.

Re;Jonathan church donation

God will soon judge them.just leave those as they collect the tithe and become mouthpiece of their pay masters.they will soon pay for it whether they are called president of so so so or stooge of their kinsman president.where are their predecessors who promoted similar selfishness?

EFCC = Economic Boko Haram

Is anyone following with me the actions of EFCC led by a jihadist? They have left the corrupt Hausa -Fulani Oligarchs who stole billions and now are concentrating on local police functions.


Has anyone seen almajiris carrying bundles of foreign currency all over Lagos and especially the international airports? EFCC arrests at airports and prosecutes southern business men and women for money laundering. Meanwhile no one tauches these almajiri real launderers nor islamists (IBB etc) who stole billions

SHAME jihadist EFCC

Next they may start closing churches in the south or converting them to mosques. What BH could not achieve by guns and bombs, jihadist EFCC wants to swiftly achieve by impinity. SHAME JIHADIST EFCC

Useless people calling themselves pastor.

Because Nija has turned to poverty country, so many are disguising under religions, promoting them-selves to the post of pastors. The all belong to devil for they acts like one, for the real pastors of the Almighty will not be part of any shame. They have spirit of fear of God in their lives. The above doesn't belong to the kingdom of God. The better repent before it will be too late, for the end is nearer. Stop disgracing christianity!


EFCC should first of all investigate the donors to the Jonathan's village church if at least it is serious. People have taken refuge behind religion to make money. A pastor or Imam raises voice and shouts against oppositions simply because he is paid. I could remember one woman claiming to be a pastor who bought newspaper pages to abuse Buhari so that she could get her payment from PDP. Some are even lucky to have been dashed a Jet.

These guys look more of

These guys look more of scam-artists than pastors.

Check: http://usaveone.blogspot.com

..as I look critically at the pastors I see them filled with ...

..as I look critically at the pastors I see them filled with the spirit, ghost & demon of deception & bias just like SR..
What is fraud? What is deception? --that you pretend to be what you are not. When you say u stand for 'democracy' or good governance in Nigeria but you focus on just the Govs of the SS&SE and what happens in their bedrooms and kitchen, but dont extend the same treatment to the Govs of West & North then what are you? Fraud. Pure & simple. When u show us the houses of Ibori in US, UK, South africa, Warri & abuja but fails to show us those built by Thieves OBJ & IBB, then what are you? Fraud. Yes! Fraud. Does OBJ not hav houses in UK, US, abuja, Kaduna, PH, Lagos, Comoros Island,Belgium, Brazil,Sahara desert & Hell fire? Doesn't he?


Hahahaha Naija jaga jaga, even men of God are corrupt!

Its a devil dong

This is satan doing, after all, pastors are humans

A country of 5 million 'Pastors'

There are 5 million 'Pastors' in Nigeria but NONE is really a Pastor! Each Nigerian 'Pastor' has a price, some as low as US$100.00. Phew!

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