Fraud: Ebonyi Central Divine Mandate Pastors Coordinator Suspended
By Chibueze Victor, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi Central Zonal Coordinator of the Divine Mandate Pastors, Pastor Michael Ninankwo has been suspended as a Zonal coordinator following the fraudulent activities connected with him.
The state Coordinator and Leader of Divine Mandate Pastors, Pastor Eunice Oyeyemi, also the Senior Pastor of Christ Embassy Church and Champlain, Government House, Abakaliki explained that Pastor Michael’s suspension was as a result of his fraudulent act he displayed in the state government empowerment programme to Divine Mandate Pastors’ team
She said, Pastor Michael was reported to have included three widows’ names in his list; alleging that they are pastors under Divine Mandate Pastors’ team, that will benefit from the state government empowerment programme to pastors in the state.
Pastor Oyeyemi said, the three names amounted to three hundred thousand Naira (N300,000), and when the report got to her office, she called for an emergency meeting, and a five man committee was set up to investigate Pastor Michael’s conduct.
According to her, the committee has discovered in their findings that the said women are not widows or pastors under the Divine Mandate Pastors’ team in Ebonyi state.
She said, because of that offence the committee found him guilt and the entire leadership of Divine mandate pastors suspended him indefinitely.
Though, Pastor Michael pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness, promised to return the totality he fraudulently collected by using non-existing members’ names.
Contrarily, Rev. E.E. Darlington blamed Pastor Oyeyemi for fix-depositing the entire money with a particular bank which he said gave pastor Michael the power to commit the said crime.
He said, “if Pastor Oyeyemi had disbursed the two hundred and fifty thousand Naira given to pastors as at when due like Christians Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ebonyi state Chapter did; Pastor Michael would have been handicapped.”
Our reporter therefore, gathered that Pastor Oyeyemi confirmed that Pastor Michael Ninankwo has refunded the entire money back to Divine Mandate Pastors team.