4th July, 2011
The police in Lagos have arrested a pastor with the Lordâ€™s Chosen Charismatic Ministry in Lagos, Pastor Favour Nweke and charged him before the Apapa Magistrateâ€™s Court for fraud.
Nweke was alleged to have defrauded many people of money running into millions of naira with his organisation.
He reportedly encouraged people to invest money in the project for quick interest. But after collecting millions of naira from his victims, Nweke bolted away.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the suspect’s real name is Meshak Nweze Omah and not Favour Nweke but he chose the latter to deceive people.
Nweke reportedly incorporated Zenith Point Global Network International Ltd., with the corporate affairs commission as a marketing company where customers can invest for profit.
The head office of the company was at 29A, Aduta Plaza, Agege Motor Road, Mushin, Lagos where the victims went to invest their money.
After defrauding innocent victims, Nweke closed the office and went into hiding.
Luck ran out on him when he was sighted at a bus stop by one of his several victims who dragged him to the police and he was later charged to court for fraud, an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code.
Nweke confessed to P.M.NEWS that he collected the money from the complainants but did not have the intention of defrauding them.
One of the victims, Francis Egwu, a businessman at Trinity Market, Apapa, Lagos confirmed that Nweze duped him of N860,000 under the pretence that he would reap bountifully in the network.
â€œHe even went to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, and arranged with the police to threaten and intimidate me,â€ Egwu said.
Another victim, Mrs. Edit told P.M.NEWS that she and her husband invested N1 million in the fraudulent company, believing that Nweke was a man of God only to discover that he was a fraud.
Kenneth Ezeonyido who divorced his wife because of the problem caused by the pastor, disclosed that his wife invested all the money they had in the company and this brought a lot of quarrel between them which led to their separation.
He revealed that they lost millions of naira to the company.
A retired police officer who identified himself as Mr. Sam, disclosed that he invested all his pension money in the network only to discover later that he had been duped by NweKe.
The court has fixed 11 and 13 July, 2011 for the trial of the so-called pastor.
â€” Cyriacus Izuekwe