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How A 55-Year-Old General Overseer Landed In Jail Over Fake Prophecy, N1.7m Crypto Fraud

, a 55-year-old pastor and General Overseer, was charged with giving false prophecies and defrauding a congregant, Edith Emmanuel, of N1.7 million at a Kafanchan Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna State on Friday.

The cleric was charged with extortion, criminal breach of trust, and cheating, all of which are punishable under the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017.

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The congregant and her daughter attended a church programme at Gathsamen Prayer Ministry, Kafanchan, in 2016, where Foni was the General Overseer, according to state counsel Alheri Daudu.Nelson Foni

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Foni singled out the daughter of one of the congregation members, declaring that God had revealed to him that she would study abroad rather than in Nigeria.

As a result, he requested that a member of the congregation invite her husband to the ministry, where he repeated the “revelation.”

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The couple informed Foni that they lacked the financial means to fund their overseas studies, and he suggested that they raise N1.7 million, which he would invest in crypto currency on their behalf, which they agreed to do.

The cleric also assured the couple that the crypto currency’s return on investment would be sufficient to cover the daughter’s school fees and flight ticket.

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When the couple went to Foni to inquire about the return on investment, however, the cleric would look at his laptop and say that the investment had not matured.

The incident was reported to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Kafanchan.

Foni pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

His defence attorney, Amba Adze, applied for bail, to which the state attorney objected, claiming that if granted, Foni would defraud more people.

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Presiding Magistrate Michael Bawa granted the defendant bail in the amount of N1 million and a surety in the same amount in his ruling.

Bawa ruled that the surety must be a village head with a bank account balance of at least N1 million and must produce a bank statement.


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Foni would be remanded at the Kafanchan Correctional Centre in the alternative, pending the next hearing on April 11.


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