Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Stealing in the Name of God

I still maintain that religion is becoming part and parcel of the problem we have in Nigeria.
False hope, a departure from the theme of salvation to prosperity, the partnership between Pastors, Imams and other religious leaders with the corrupt people in government and the inability of this same group to speak truth to power is such a shame.
We do have the highest growth in Christianity and Islam in the world nonetheless remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
It is high time we start probing the finances of those who hide under the banner of religion to steal and deceive the people.

Redeemed Church Pastor Docked Over N5.7m Tithe
By Wale Igbintade eporter, Lagos
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 00:00:00
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A Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Joseph Itegbe, was on Tuesday arraigned at Tapa Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing N5.7 million tithe belonging to the church.
Police prosecutor, S. Malo, said between January 2006 and January 2007 Itegbe conspired with others (now at large) to steal a First Bank of Nigeria draft valued N2,360,000 being tithe of church members in The Master Place Province 8, in Gbagada, Lagos.
He told the court that Itegbe stole another First Bank draft valued N3,200,00 as well as a cheque worth N130,000.
Itegbe also allegedly forged a letter purportedly written by the church to the bank manager.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate Osho Adebiyi adjourned the matter till February 25.
In another case, Magistrate J.O. Awope of Tapa Magistrate’s Court remanded three suspected pipeline vandals in prison custody.
The accused persons were said to have on December 24 last year in Alakija, Lagos conspired to commit felony, to wit: malicious breaking of the pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area.
Prosecution counsel, Justin Enang, said this contravenes Section 3(7)(a) of the Special Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Act, 2004; punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code. http://www.independ entngonline. com/?c=117&a=9963