Two pastors identified as Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo have been sentenced to 16 and 10 years imprisonment respectively by Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu for allegedly stealing N32m.
This was contained in a statement released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
According to the EFCC, the convicts alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on 16-count charges bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing contrary to Section 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, CAP 21, Vol 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.
They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, upon their arraignment on June 19, 2017.
A legal team of the EFCC led by V.O Agbaje and K.U. Udus followed a petition and investigation which fingered them in the stealing of the sum of N32,516,620.00 (Thirty-Two Million, Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Naira).
The first defendant, Pastor Aberefa was sentenced to one year imprisonment on each of the 16 counts while the second defendant, Reverend Okpogo was sentenced to one year imprisonment each on count seven to 16, all of which run consecutively.
It would be recalled that the convicts, who are already serving terms in prison, having been earlier jailed 17 years by both the Federal High Court, Asaba and Delta State High Court, Warri, in Delta State, would serve a new sentence, which Justice Azinge said would take effect after they have completed the extant 17 years imprisonment.
Trouble started for the convicts, when under the guise of running a finance company, they defrauded dozens of unsuspecting members of the public of millions of naira, through their fraudulent Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited.