Lagos Clergyman, Prophet Genesis Sentenced To Jail For Fraud
Lagos State High court has sentenced popular prophet to two-year imprisonment for defrauding a U.K- based woman.
The Lagos State High Court has imprisoned a popular prophet in the state, Israel Ogundipe also known as Genesis.
The Justice Olabisi Akinlade-led court sentenced Genesis to one-year imprisonment for fraud.
Ogundipe, who is the Shepherd-in-Charge of Celestial Church of Christ Global Genesis parish, was accused of defrauding a Nigerian based in the United Kingdom, UK, Mrs Olaide Williams-Oni.
Williams-Oni had alleged that the prophet had fraudulently obtained N17m from her with the promise to assist her procure some landed properties, according to Daily Post.
Against this allegation, Ogundipe was arrested and arraigned on a seven-count charge before Justice Akinlade, following a petition filed by the UK-based architect.
In her testimony before the court, Williams-Oni informed the court that she met the prophet in 2002 during her visit to Nigeria when she was taken to his church for prayers by her step-sister.
She said: “He told me something about my husband in one of his prophecies, that I should not have anything jointly with him because he was having an affair behind my back.
''He gave me a liquid to drink and I started vomiting. I was asked to sit down and he lighted a candle and said I should be there until the candle goes off.”
According to her, he allegedly took her in the company of her step-sister and cousin to a bush in Sango Ota area of Ogun State, where she was allegedly bathed with some concoctions near a river.
She said her misfortune started when she returned to London, the prophet asked her to invest in landed property in Lagos, which she agreed. This she did after consultations with some persons.
She allegedly sent N17 million in five tranches of N900,000, N2.5 million, N8.5 million, N2.7 million and £12,000 between 2002 and 2005 to purchase the property on her behalf, which turned out to be a fraud.
She said, “When I confronted him about this, he started threatening my life and blackmailing me.”
However, Justice Akinlade found the prophet guilty of two out of the seven counts.
The trial judge also dismissed the remaining five for lack of evidence.
Justice Akinlade ruled that the prison terms would run concurrently.