Woman accuses pastor of N6.6m fraud

Rose Bello, a businesswoman, yesterday, told an Ikeja High Court how a pastor of the Four Square Gospel Church, Kehinde Akanji, allegedly defrauded her company of N6.6 million.
Bello, the Managing Director of BVM Productions, was testifying at the resumed trial of Akanji and his accomplices - Enoch Idris and Amuzie Oku-Ani, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a six-count charge of fraud and conspiracy.
The complainant alleged that Akanji had approached BVM Productions on May 13, 2008 with a proposal to help them secure a contract with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).
“They told us that they were looking for a company that will handle the promotion aspect of the contract that they had secured with the NFA,” she said. “They told us that we will be producing television jingles and newspaper advertisements, T-shirts and also organize road shows in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.”
Subsequently, she said she procured a N7 million loan from her bankers, and sent her General Manager, Amos Ubini, to the suspects’ office - Communication Development Company (CDC) Ltd, Abuja - where he was introduced to other accused persons by Akanji.
“After paying the money into their account, we heard that the CDC directors wanted to execute the job themselves because they were running out of time,” she said. “But at the end of the day, they refused to give us the contract or refund our money.”
Earlier, under cross-examination, Ubini had told the court that Akanji was a senior pastor with the Four Square Gospel Church, Lagos. He claimed that he advised his boss to engage in the transaction based on the fact that the first accused is “a respectable man of God.”
Justice Olabisi Akinlade adjourned the matter till March 10.