Bishop Oyedepo blows hot over millions stolen by church officials

The presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Dr David Oyedepo has alleged that millions of naira were allegedly stolen by some highly placed officials of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, a.k.a. Winners Chapel. Dr David Oyedepo made this known at an annual event, usually attended by pastors, zonal ministers and their assistants, deacons, ushers and other ordained workers of the church, presided over by Oyedepo, while his deputy, Bishop David Abioye, was also in attendance, the Nation has reported.

At the end of the programme, however, Oyedepo took some time to talk about the goings-on in the church. He revealed how some very high up officials, mainly accountants, had looted the church’s treasury. The Bishop could not hide his disappointment that professionals trusted by the church to prevent fraud turned themselves into a network of fraudsters.

Expressing his disappointment in the errant church officials, who have since been relieved of their positions in the church, he said: “Can you imagine accountants perpetrating fraud in the house of God? “We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top church officials engaging in doubling figures and other dubious practices. “Even after we dismissed them, we discovered more fraud. “Those who should discover the fraud were the ones involved in it. One of them refused to confess until the last minute.” He admonished the church members against employing the dismissed officials. He said he had to tell everyone present because he knew the dismissed officials “will come to you for employment.” “Don’t employ them and don’t sympathise with them. Whoever sympathizes with the wicked is wicked himself.” Dead silence fell on the gathering as the Bishop reiterated: “Don’t sympathise with any perpetrator of fraud, otherwise you are a partaker of the evil act.” Vanguard

Pix: Bishop David Oyedepo