EFCC arraigns Prophet Cletus Ilongwo for fraud in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, have arrested and arraigned the residing pastor of the Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry in Lagos, Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, for allegedly defrauding a member of his church to the tune of N59.7m, The Punch reports.

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EFCC had arrested Ilongwo early this year after the church member had reported a case of fraud against him to the tune of N 85 million. According to the church member, the clergyman’s fraud told the antigraft agency that Ilongwo’s action caused him his job in one of the first generation banks in the country.

Ilongwo allegedly jumped bail and left his surety to languish in the EFCC detention, while efforts to re-arrest him proved abortive.

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The suspect was said to have received the said amount from one Obinna Ezenwaka at different times in 2016 on the pretext of helping him to purchase a property located at 165c, Diamond Estate, Amuwo-Odofin.

According to the EFCC, Ilongwo collected the sum in tranches through his Zenith Bank account 1003455899.

At Monday’s proceedings, llongwo, who was dressed in a long red robe, pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts charge bordering on fraud preferred against him.

The charges read in part:

“That you, Cletus Ilongwo, on January 29, 2016, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Juridical Division, dishonestly converted for your own use the sum of N10m, being money received through your Zenith Bank account number 1003495899 from Obinna Ezenwaka meant for the purchase of the property situated at No 165c, Block 12, Diamond Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.”

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, applied for a date for the commencement of trial, while the defence counsel, P.N. Orji, informed the court about a pending bail application he filed on behalf of his client.

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Yerima did not, however, oppose the bail application, but asked for time to respond to it.

The presiding judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo, adjourned the matter till November 14 and 19, respectively for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

She ordered that Ilongwo be remanded in prison pending the approval of his bail application


  1. We have to be careful these last days, because not every one that call on the name of the Lord is truly a servant of his

  2. The bible says is not every one that calls me father will go to heaven.so we must be careful in dealing with some so called men of God

  3. He’s appearance alone speaks volume of he’s crime, a criminal under cloth of a pastor. Judgment will really start from churches

  4. Wow! Such a whooping sum of money..10million naira…man of God..repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

  5. chai…his arraignment was swift. he will regret going into this his business of phrophecy…lol. i bet he will blame it on the devil, and when people were falling victims to his stuff, he probably would have thanked God for giving him such a brain to scam people without them knowing.

  6. Fake Pastor he should be made to pay all I know that he must have used it to acquire properties he should show them where they are so that they will recover their money

  7. Hmmmm,,this is so disturbing , a so called pastor or man of GOD involved in fraudulent act , this is evil and such man suppose to be jailed for ten years

  8. This is serious, a man of God representing God disciple is involved in fraudulent acts, it is really amazing and detrimental to the doctrines of Christianity.

  9. Prophet indeed!we shall see where all of this will end,all the long red robe….and all are just elements to deceit. 85 Million is a lot of money!

  10. Fake men of God everywhere, may we not fall victim of all these end time pastors IJN. What God didnt show them…they will tell u they are seeing it…just to defraud ppl of their hard earned money..

  11. U are pleading not guilty when many fingers are pointing at u l, tell he many will u escape from everyday is for the thief but one-day is for d owner.

  12. How will people attend. A church or ministry their pastor looks this way?? It is written all over him nao.hes not a man of God

  13. Fake Prophets and pastors everywhere. All in the name of money, and they cover with the mighty name of Jesus. Hell is ready if such of your kind doesn’t take time to repent

  14. Making a good name is better than silver and gold. He has made a bad name for himself. Let him face the consequences of his actions.

  15. There is no job in the country, a man finds himself a means of getting money to feed without killing a soul, and you arrest him just because he is smart? Arrest the people who fell for his tricks, they are the ones putting Nigeria in trouble.

  16. The bible says I know my sheep and my sheep knows me. This is not a good example of God’s prophet. Give your life to christ and change from your evil ways.

  17. Is that a prophet? He looks like a ritualist. He surely should be apprehended. Things really have gone crazy in this world

  18. All this end time fake pastors are just spoiling the name of real pastors ooh. Imagine this. Let him pay back the money first before bailing him out.

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