Some aggrieved members of the Assemblies of God Church have
dragged the church’s factional General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi
Okoroafor and six others to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, over alleged embezzlement and fraudulent
diversion of funds.
The petition was written by Barr. Eli Ugwu on behalf of the Assistant
General Superintendent, Rev. Ramsey Ogagaoghene, Bright Arukwe,
Clement Esochaghi, Oliver Udensi and Sunday Palma.
It also called on the commission to investigate Rev. Vincent Alaje, Rev.
Femi Adegoke, Mr. Dickson Ukpai, Mr. Michael Ugbor, Elder Mike
Okoro and Tony Ewelike.
According to the allegations, Rev. Vincent Alaje, former general
treasurer of the church until August 6, 2014 but currently the treasurer of
Rev. Chidi Okoroafor led faction of the church, “unilaterally spent about
N115, 000,000 belonging to the church illegally and on unauthorized
business without approval from the General Superintendent.
“He personally negotiated and concluded payments for three lands and
has started erecting a building thereupon without the consent and
authority of the General Superintendent and other officers of the church.
“Alaje is fond of commandeering money to himself, approving them by
himself, and authorizing payments without seeking the consent of the
General Superintendent. This is evidence by his requisition of 5/4/2013
for the sum of N1, 500,000.00, which he tagged; “Trip to Ibadan with the
“The above unilateral stashing of fund is after the officers had
magnanimously approved N2m to him as gift towards the same purpose.
The requisition will be presented on demand”.
The report further accused Alaje of illegally collecting N28, 508, 800.00
as Staff Investment Premium without any authorization which according
to the report is against the General Council Accounts procedures.
“Again, Rev. Alaje contrary to the general council accounts procedures
and without authorization instructed the deposition of specific amounts
of money which he tagged “Staff Investment Premium” into a specific
Diamond Bank Account and from records a total sum of N28, 508,800.00
was deposited into this account from 24/4/13 to 27/7/14”, they further
The petition also sought for probing of Mr. Tony Ewelike with regards to
the N1.4b Assemblies of God Ministers Benefit Scheme, AGMBS, under
him which he has been unable to account for.
According to the petition, Rev. Femi Adegoke, former medial director of
Assemblies of God should also be investigated for allegedly defrauding
the church of over N50m.
Also, the petition called on the commission to investigate the co-
coordinator, Easter yearly retreat, Elder Mike Okoro, who they claimed
defrauded the church of over N4.4b realized for the purpose of retreats.
The report also called for the investigation of Mr. Dickson Ukpai and
Mr. Michael Ugbor both general managers of Assemblies of God
Bookshop and Assemblies of God Press for allegeddly embezzling over
N2.1b of the establishments.
The petition informed the anti graft agency that, “Due to the current
crises in the church the fraudulent activities of the people mentioned
above with the connivance of Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor has continued
“It is our instruction that Rev. Chidi Okoroafor, the leader of a faction of
the church and his cohorts named above has before 6th March 2014 been
fraudulently embezzling billions of Naira belonging to the church.
“We urge you sir, to carefully investigate this report in the interest of
justice and in the spirit of the present administration which has zero
tolerance for corruption.
“Your outfit is well known for fighting of corruption and reposing life on
the downtrodden. We are equally aware that no amount of money in this
entire world can buy the conscience of EFCC the only hope of
Nigerians,” the petition said.