2 Pastors Steal Depositors’ N1.2b Via Their ‘Wonder Bank’

Date: 07-10-2011 8:53 pm (12 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 7-10-2011 08:53 PM (12 years ago)
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A Federal High Court sitting at Asaba, Delta State, southsouth Nigeria, has ordered that self-acclaimed Pastor, Glory Okeoghene Abrefera, alleged to have swindled 492 unsuspecting members of the public to the tune of N1.2 billion should be remanded in prison custody.

Also to be remanded in prison custody alongside the accused pastor is one of his accomplices, Reverend Vincent Okpogo. The wife of the pastor involved in the scam is currently at large.

Pastor Abrefera owns a wonder bank called Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, while his co-accused Reverend Vincent Okpogo is the managing director of the bank.



The bank has branches around Asaba-Port Harcourt axis with customers virtually in all towns and villages in Delta State.

The accused pastor allegedly lured unsuspecting members of the public by giving them mouth watering interest on their investment. This generous deceptive interest made customers make huge deposits tagged investment. But it got to a stage the company failed to pay interest and depositors’ money was not also refunded.

By the time the depositors realised that they had been duped, Pastor Abrefera fled to Lagos and hid somewhere at Ajah.

He was later arrested by EFCC operatives after some of the aggrieved depositors petitioned the anti graft-agency and traced him to his hideout in Lagos.

Between June 2006 and January 2009 the accused wonder bank President and his accomplices had swindled at least 492 people.

The accused are facing multiple charges of conspiracy, stealing, fraudulent conversion and operating banking services illegally at Asaba and Effunrun, while Port Harcourt charges are being prepared.

According to some of the charges filed before Asaba and Effurun Federal High Court by the EFCC prosecuting counsel, Barrister Gbolahan Latona, it was alleged that Pastor Abrefera and his wife, now at large, Mrs. Nonye Abrefera, Rev. Vincent Okpogo and Mustard Seed Micro Investment Ltd., on 30 June 2008 at Effurun and Warri, with intent to defraud, conspired together to commit felony to wit, stealing money, property of the following people: Malemi Johnson, Chief Eyituoyo Awani, and other members of the public.

At the Federal High Court, Asaba, the two accused pastors and their wonder bank are facing criminal charge of carrying on banking business without a valid license and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 2(2) and 49(1) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3 Vol. 2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing by EFCC, as the agency has frozen the bank accounts of the accused persons, while some of their houses and shares they have in some of the blue chip companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange have been temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

Sources close to EFCC said the accused persons will soon be arraigned in Port Harcourt for some of the offences they allegedly committed.

The trial of the accused pastors and their accomplices will commence at the Effurun High Court on 29 October this year.


Posted: at 7-10-2011 08:53 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- kebella at 7-10-2011 09:43 PM (12 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Posted: at 7-10-2011 09:43 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- jiraiya at 7-10-2011 09:57 PM (12 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes
Posted: at 7-10-2011 09:57 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ify0 at 7-10-2011 10:52 PM (12 years ago)
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pastors,na waoooo
Posted: at 7-10-2011 10:52 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- godwindave at 7-10-2011 11:02 PM (12 years ago)
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What the hell is wrong with these demons who call themselves pastors!

Posted: at 7-10-2011 11:02 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- groovin at 8-10-2011 01:02 AM (12 years ago)
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the wicked must not go unpunish...yeye thief.
dey use one hand hode bible they collect money wt fake bank.
how can they operate an illega bank without the knowledge of
our government, which means no government and security.
unkown civilian operating a bank in an unkown government country naija. Huh?
plan well don chop goo b4 notin happen even dis one now nothing den go fit
do bicos na big money involved , their so called investigation na 4 dem to
collect their share and leave matter 4 mataya...
Posted: at 8-10-2011 01:02 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- Celestial1 at 8-10-2011 01:40 AM (12 years ago)
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I am sure they will tell us to "let God be the judge" and "Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm".  These ppl are wolves in sheep clothing, using religion as a cover for their nefarious purposes. 
Posted: at 8-10-2011 01:40 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- angola_g at 8-10-2011 02:35 AM (12 years ago)
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What shall we not hear about these Money hungry Pastors?
Posted: at 8-10-2011 02:35 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- babyleslie at 8-10-2011 02:38 AM (12 years ago)
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pastor pastor!!
Posted: at 8-10-2011 02:38 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- toibeli at 8-10-2011 03:35 AM (12 years ago)
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These guys cannot be pastors, they only used the title to enable them steal money from unsuspecting depositors.
Posted: at 8-10-2011 03:35 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ajanni at 8-10-2011 03:38 AM (12 years ago)
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they want to get their own private jet too at all cost
Posted: at 8-10-2011 03:38 AM (12 years ago) | Grande Master
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- Ecto at 8-10-2011 04:38 AM (12 years ago)
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Church BIZY
Posted: at 8-10-2011 04:38 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ustyn-o at 8-10-2011 05:00 AM (12 years ago)
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naijaa!!! I rest my case
Posted: at 8-10-2011 05:00 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- MilleniumMan at 8-10-2011 05:22 AM (12 years ago)
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Thieve, let them pay up all the money and then rot in jail.
Posted: at 8-10-2011 05:22 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Simon-Zeletus at 8-10-2011 05:59 AM (12 years ago)
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Money is the root all evil
Posted: at 8-10-2011 05:59 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- abbeyy74 at 8-10-2011 06:49 AM (12 years ago)
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das always the result when people starts looking 4 bigger interest on their money,becos i wonder what happen to well known banks like firstbank,Guarantee and other famous and old banks in nigeria that they cant keep their money there,instead of all dis hunger stricking banks own by thieves calling their selves pastors just to lut peoples money.
Posted: at 8-10-2011 06:49 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- deedouble at 8-10-2011 06:51 AM (12 years ago)
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WHAT OF OTHERS IN IBADAN, WEALTH SOLUTION AND CO? OUR GONERNMENT SLEEP WHEN IT COMES TO JUSTICE.
Posted: at 8-10-2011 06:51 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- kattie77 at 8-10-2011 08:44 AM (12 years ago)
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imagine d name of d band sef ''mustard seed micro finance bank'' ,i cant put my money in dis kind one bank oo, foolish members
Posted: at 8-10-2011 08:44 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kattie77 at 8-10-2011 08:45 AM (12 years ago)
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i mean bank,not band
Posted: at 8-10-2011 08:45 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beulahokorie at 8-10-2011 09:17 AM (12 years ago)
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, i cant talk for now Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
Posted: at 8-10-2011 09:17 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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