Abidoun James, the founder of the Christ Apostolic Church, Freedom International City parish, Akure in Ondo State, has been arrested for fraud.
James was arrested on Thursday by the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) after defrauding Mrs. Folasade Olukunini and some other members of his Church. Awili Pedro, the Commandant of the NSCDC in Ondo State, said the culprit duped Olukinni to the tune of N 1.7million with a promise to secure a visa for her son to the United States.
He noted that the “prophet of doom”, who had been into the business of duping people for years, also has his spiritual way of defrauding people who approach him for cleansing.
“Prophet Adeniyi, earlier this year brought a man to his Church and introduced him to his congregation as Olamilekan Omole, whom he claimed was going to be his Personal Assistant. Some months later, he introduced this same man as a travelling agent and asked people to always contact him for their travel business.
Olukinni approached the prophet to pray for her son who had the plans to travel abroad. After the prayer, this same prophet introduced the woman to Omole. They began the necessary procedure and she paid a sum of N1.7million to his account and since then the PA ran away.”
Pedro said that Prophet James was apprehended due to complaints from victims. He explained that several members of the church had come forward to testify about the escapades of the fake prophet.
“In fact, some youths claimed that the Prophet also promised to secure Immigration jobs for them for various charges ranging from between N4m to N5m.” Another woman claimed that one Ademola Kolawole, through the suspect, got N4.2m from her in other to liberate her son from evil spiritual that had been tormenting her son since early this year.