EFCC arrests bishop over alleged Fraud , working Ponzi scheme in Edo (photograph)
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, (EFCC), Benin Zonal Workplace has arrested a Bishop and suspected fraudster, Giniko Obi, for allegedly defrauding hundreds of individuals of varied sums of cash working into tens of millions of naira, within the guise of serving to them “combat poverty”.
An announcement launched by the performing spokesperson of the antigraft company, Tony Orilade, says Obi who’s the founding father of Beloved Gideon Basis, based mostly in Agbor, Delta State, with outreaches in Bayelsa, Onitsha, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Benin City, denied any involvement in fraud claiming that he was solely “doing the need of God by making an attempt to assist the individuals combat poverty”.
In response to Obi, it was his need and God’s will to see individuals prosper that led him into working what seems to be a Ponzi Scheme. Obi who declare to be a consecrated Bishop, possessing a diploma in theology explains thus:
“We write books comparable to ‘24 Nuggets for Profitable Dwelling’, ‘36 Nuggets for Profitable Dwelling’, ‘48 Nuggets for Profitable Dwelling’. We organise seminars and conferences on how to achieve success. We inform the individuals to subscribe to those publications. Should you subscribe with N10, 800, we provide you with N15, 000. Should you subscribe with N18, 000, we provide you with N23, 000. I had about 30,000 subscribers and I used to be paying them”.
In response to him, when he left Agbor for Lagos, his need was to broaden his subscription base however his subscribers have been impatient.
“In the event that they allowed me to carry the convention in Lagos, I might have paid them,” he claimed. Nonetheless, a few of his victims who’ve continued to throng the EFCC workplace, since his arrest, described his as a “fraud”.
Certainly one of them, Janet Amaka Okafor, mentioned the Bishop offered a dummy to them by claiming that he was from the well-known Gideons Worldwide, based mostly within the United States.
In response to her
“He organised seminars in Agbor market that he was from Gideons Worldwide and that their mission was to assist eradicate poverty in Nigeria. “He instructed us that in contrast to previously when Gideons Worldwide distributed Bibles and Christian literature, their mission now was to eradicate poverty”.
On how she grew to become a sufferer of the scheme, Okafor, 35, who claims she has by no means participated in any ponzi scheme previously mentioned she fell for his methods as a result of the “Bishop” swore with the bible.
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