A popular Lagos-based cleric, Prophet Israel Ogundipe,has been convicted of fraud charges by the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Wednesday
Prophet Israel who is the Shepherd-in-Charge of Celestial Church of Christ Global Genesis parish, was dragged to court on the complaint of a London-based architect, Mrs Olaide Williams-Oni, who accused him of obtaining a total of N17m from her with the promise to help her procure some landed property.
She had told the court that she met the prophet in 2002 during her visit to Nigeria, when she was taken to his church for prayers by her step-sister.
The prophet was prosecuted on seven counts, but was found guilty on two by Justice Olabisi Akinlade…The judge dismissed five of the charges for lack of evidence.
The judge sentenced Ogundipe to one year’s imprisonment on each count, but said the prison terms would run concurrently.