Popular Nigerian pastor Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe of CCC Global Genesis Church has been sentenced to two years imprisonment after defrauding a U.K based woman.
The presiding judge at the Lagos State High Court, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, sentenced the pastor on Wednesday, November 18 after he was found guilty of charges leveled against him.
Prophet Israel Oladele was charged with seven counts of charges bordering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses. The Prophet was sentenced for counts two and four while counts 1,3, 5,6, and 7 were discharged for lack of evidence.
According to reports, Prophet Israel duped one Mrs. Olaide William Oni the sum of N17m which she gave him to procure some landed properties on her behalf.
According to Mrs. Olaide, Isreal is the first man of God she met in 2002 during her visit to Nigeria. She was taken to his church for prayers by her step-sister.
In her words,
“He told me something about my husband in one of his prophecies, that I should not have anything jointly with him because he was having an affair behind my back.
He gave me a liquid to drink and I started vomiting. I was asked to sit down and he lighted a candle and said I should be there until the candle goes off.”
Speaking further, she alleged he took her in the company of her step-sister and cousin to a bush in the Sango Ota area of Ogun State, where she was allegedly bathed with some concoctions near a river.
According to her, her misfortune started when she returned to London, the prophet asked her to invest in landed property in Lagos, to which she agreed. This she did after consultations with some persons.
She allegedly sent N17 million in five tranches of N900,000, N2.5 million, N8.5 million, N2.7 million, and £12,000 between 2002 and 2005 to purchase the property on her behalf, which turned out to be a fraud.
She concluded by stating that his threats came when she summoned the courage to confront him about the money and her properties.