A Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor, Cyril Idakwoji has been apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and two stolen cheques summing up to N11.9m has been returned to his RCCG Province 4 branch in Rivers State.
The South-South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, explained on Wednesday that Idakwoji, a former employee of Access Bank, was the account officer of the church for the bank.
He said the suspect diverted the church funds to private use instead of transferring them to the church’s bank account.
“He (the suspect) forged the letterheads of the church’s region 5 and the signature of the pastor in charge of the region. He also forged the signature of the church’s accountant to execute his criminal schemes in the RCCG.”
Salihu also revealed that same suspect, Idakwoji stole N36m belonging to Jephthah International School, but funds were recovered by the EFCC and has been returned to the school.
Idakwoji, according to the EFCC zonal head, was also the account officer to the school.