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Pastors sentenced to 26 years imprisonment for allegedly stealing N32m

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Two pastors have been sentenced to 26 years imprisonment by Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu.

The two Pastors convicted and sentenced identified as Pastor Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo bagged 16 and 10 years imprisonment respectively for allegedly stealing N32m.

According to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Pastors alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 16-count charges, bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing, contrary to Section 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, CAP 21, Vol 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.

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They two pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, upon their arraignment on June 19, 2017.

Their trial by the EFCC legal team of V. O. Agbaje and K. U. Udus followed a petition and investigation which fingered them in the stealing of the sum of N32,516,620.00 (Thirty-Two Million, Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Naira).

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The first defendant, Pastor Aberefa was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on each of the 16 counts, while the second defendant, Reverend Okpogo was sentenced to one-year imprisonment each on count seven to 16, all of which run consecutively.

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