Pastor’s Wife In Fund Diversion Mess

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.

The wife of a Lagos based Pentecostal Church Pastor, Mrs.Victoria Damilola Faturoti has allegedly duped an Isreal based Nigerian of the sum of 31,670 USD.

Victoria, according to a petition by the victim Mr. Folorunsho Ojo, is the wife of the founder of Reformal Evangelical Church of Christ located in Idimu area of Alimosho Local Government Council area of Lagos

Ojo, a construction worker in Tel-Aviv Isreal, claimed that the money was the total sum he sent between the period of 2007 and 2010 to be deposited in his account opened in Nigeria on his behalf by the pastor’s wife.

Rather than depositing the money in his account, the petitioner claimed that Faturoti criminally diverted it for her personal use.

He claimed to have sent the money to the accused  by Moneygram through Best Connections Ltd, a Tel Aviv based Moneygram agent.

The victim, in a petition by his counsel Adeola Oshinaga & Co. to the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU) Ikoyi, Lagos and the Director of Operations Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Lagos Annex, urged the agencies to assist him in getting back his hard earned money from the accused.

In the separate petitions dated 11th October 2016 and 15th November 2016, made available to our correspondent, Ojo stated that he had lived with accused and her pastor husband during his struggling days before seeking greener pasture in Israel.

Having worked for a while and saved some money, Ojo said he called Mrs. Faturoti in 2007, with an instruction to help him open a bank account in Nigeria in which he (Ojo) would send money into through her.

He added that, though the accused actually opened the account with Ocean Bank, now Eco Bank in his name but failed to deposit the sent sum.

Ojo stated that he choose to confide in the woman having taken her and the husband for genuine persons of God.

In the petition to the EFCC, Ojo stated that the sum of N200,000 was however refunded by the accused on 15th August 2016, following her arrest by SFU operatives, with a pledge to pay the balance in instalments.

He added that the suspect has reneged on her promise, while the operatives at SFU have failed to either compel her to comply or prosecute her.

“The bubble burst sometime in 2012 after some well informed suspicion. Our client requested that Mrs. Faturoti should send a statement of account to him. Mrs. Faturoti cannot produce any statement of account. As at that period, that is between 2007 and 2010, our client had sent home a total sum of $31,670 to Mrs. Faruroti through Moneygram”, the petition stated.

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