A security man with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Awobola Babatunde, has been arrested and charged to court for trying to impersonate the General Overseer of the church, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Tribune reports.
The culprit, 32, was arraigned before an Ebutte Metta magistrates’ court and over allegations of opening an account in Pastor Adeboye’s name and attempting to cash a cheque of N600,000.
The offence was committed on June 6 at No. 1/9, Redemption Way, Ebutte Metta, where he was alleged to have stolen a Fidelity Bank cheque valued at N600,000, belonging to the RCCG General Overseer. Speaking in court, Mr. Aghoi Gbemileke, the police prosecutor said that:
“The accused falsely presented himself as Pastor Adeboye by opening a savings account at Aguda, Surulere branch of Fidelity Bank in his name. He opened the account in order to cash the cheque and convert the money to personal use.
“Babatunde also opened the account in order to be stealing money from the church as they plan to pay in more cheques.”
After pleading ‘not guilty’ to the charges leveled against him, the security guard was admitted to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. B. Folarin-Williams, added that sureties must be blood relations of the accused and must produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos state government, and adjourned the case till August 4.
The love of money is the root of all evil. So says the Bible! There is always a reason for every action we take, be it good or bad. But if only we can take a little time to consider the consequences that might follow, it will go a long way in helping us to make the right decisions.
Considering the economy of Nigeria today, the amount of money Mr. Awobola Babatunde allegedly attempted to steal is too small for any man to drag his name in the mud. I’m sure he has a “good reason” for doing that though.