EFCC where are you? Man gives N42m tithe to church

Where art thou EFCC. This is another one for investigation

A man whose identity has been shielded by a local church in Makurdi, Benue State has shocked church members with a tithe offering of N42 million.

This single donation in a month has caused anger in the state where workers are being owed salaries and the government struggling to pay salaries.

Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi revealed that the money was paid into the UBA account of the NKST Church High level Makurdi.

Although the resident pastor of the church, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan, initially denied knowledge of such offering, a copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January – March, confirmed the payment of N42 million tithe to the church.

The report showed that the lodgment is the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter. The money was paid into the church’s account in January.

The breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2 million and an expenditure of N33.7 million within the same period..

The church’s records also showed that out of the income, N44.6 million was generated from tithe, while a single person accounted for N42 million.

Reacting to the financial report, the pastor said his initial denial was based on the allegations that the donor was an appointee of the Benue State Government.

”I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state.”

He said there was nothing wrong with the offering and insisted that the church has nothing to hide.

Meanwhile, the tithe offering has stirred controversy in a state struggling to pay the salaries of workers.

Public discussion centred on the legitimacy of the donors income, as a man who pays N42m to a church as tithe must have made an income of N420 million in the month that he paid. The amount donated is 10% of N420m which the Bible recommended as the amount of tithe for a Christian to pay from his income.

The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu U Sudan hen Tiv’, meaning the Church of Christ Amongst the Tiv.

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  1. Suny Lulu Reply

    It is virtually not possible for the EFCC to know everything by itself as it cannot be every where, every time. And that is why the govt must be commended for introducing the concept of whistle blowing into the system. In the meantime, Kudos to Magu and his boys for their timely intervention whenever the alarm sounds.

    My only call on the federal govt is NOT to allow itself to be persuaded by any one laying claim to monies recovered by the EFCC and other agencies. THERE SHOULD BE THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS BY THE DSS INTO SUCH CLAIMS. EVEN IF THE CLAIM IS BY THE PRESIDENCY OR ANY OF ITS AGENCIES. The era of cover-ups should by now be a thing of the past. In fact, any organization or person laying spurious claims that cannot be proved should be held for duplicity.

    El-Rufai had wisely advised Buhari to remove the dead woods in his govt and it is left to him to act on the good advice. Personally, I think El-Rufai should have gone further to pin-point some of them but he did not. I think Emefiele is one of those who had thus far not made any positive contribution to this govt. Both his micro and macro economic policies are not such that can see the nation out of its present woes. For instance, he had deliberately blocked the avenues through which hard currencies can flow into the nation’s economy by disallowing those outside the nation from making withdrawals from their savings. If you are not able to withdraw from your own account when outside the country, will you continue to make savings in such an account? He had remained inflexible on this all important point despite all reasonable advice to allow those outside to have access to their savings so that they will be motivated to continue making savings therein and thus make improvements in the nation’s foreign exchange situation. He prefers to play the role of the Lord of the Manor whereby he will continue to hold businesses to ransom by announcing small amounts as available foreign exchange and creating artificial scarcity where there should be none.

  2. Irikefe Reply

    Blow your whistle and get paid.

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