Funmilola Saliu-Adeyemi ;
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the general overseer of Faith On The Rock Ministry International, Apostle Theophilus Oloche Ebonyi.
Operatives of the EFCC arrested Ebonyi for defrauding church members and other Nigerians using fake grants from the Ford Foundation to the tune of N1,319,040,274.31(One Billion Three Hundred and Nineteen Million, Forty Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-four naria, and thirty-one kobo).
In a statement made available by the EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale, on Monday, noted that Apostle Ebonyi would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
The cleric was traced and nabbed for defrauding his victims, comprising non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals. He achieved this by advertising an intervention project through his NGO (Theobarth Global Foundation), claiming that the Ford Foundation was offering a grant of $20,000, 000. 000, to assist the less privileged in society.
Ebonyi was said to be reaching his subscribers on some social media platforms to market his spurious grant from Ford Foundation.
The Foundation, however, denied him and his NGO noting that it had no connection with them.
Meanwhile, the commission has traced five properties Ebonyi acquired as proceeds of his criminal dealings.