A Nigerian man has been charged to court for impersonating the General Overseers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, T.B Joshua of the Synagogue of All Nation and another cleric.
The suspect, Yusuf Atanda(27), created fake Facebook accounts of Pastor Adeboye , Pastor D.K. Olukoya of Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministry and Pastor T.B. Joshua to defraud unsuspecting victims.
However the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and was admitted to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum – that must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
According to the Prosecutor, Aondohemba Koti, a police inspector; “Atanda created a fake Facebook accounts of Pastor E.A Adeboye of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor D.K Olukoya of Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministry and Pastor T.B Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations.
“He posed as the pastors and sent electronic messages to the public to deposit either N1, 000 or N2, 000 into a bank account to get N3, 000 or N5, 000, respectively, in four days.
“If they pay and it is four days, he will block the persons’ numbers so they would not be able to reach him anymore.
“Upon receipt of a written petition from one of the complainant’s legal counsel, the police swung into action, and the defendant was tracked and arrested.
“The amount of money the defendant got from over 100 members of the public was yet to be ascertained,” the prosecutor said.
The Magistrate adjourned until April 17 for mention.