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Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Gjrich(m): 9:30pm On Aug 22, 2020
Founder and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Pastor Daniel Olukoya, has denied engaging in any fraudulent activities as being portrayed in some sections of the media, which he accused of being sponsored to tarnish his reputation.

This was contained in a statement signed by the founder’s media aide, Mr Collins Edomaruse on Saturday.

“It has become pertinent for the purpose of clarity to respond to the false allegations being peddled against the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries and our General Overseer – Dr. D. K. Olukoya in the social media particularly sponsored by SaharaReporters.

These allegations are seven (7) in number namely:

“No. 1 That Dr. Olukoya falsely claimed residence of US city of Maryland.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. Dr. Olukoya is a public figure nationally and internationally. His domicile is, therefore, a fact of public knowledge. The true position is that the Pastor who wanted to register MFM in Maryland inserted Dr Olukoya’s name without prior consultation with or knowledge of the G.O because he believed that Dr Olukoya should be involved but after he consulted a lawyer and received advice that a person’s name cannot be on the incorporation documents unless he is resident in Maryland, that registration was put in abeyance and allowed to lapse. The Pastor is still alive and all the evidence are there for all to see at the Company Registry in Maryland.

“No. 2 Allegation is that Dr. Olukoya Illegally Imported books into the United States and evaded payment of Customs duties on those books.”

“This is also untrue. Dr. Olukoya’s books are sold on Amazon. It is foolhardy for anyone to suggest that he brought in his books to US illegally when he can and has been doing so legally. This false allegation was pioneered by a former Pastor of MFM who tried to steal MFM Branch in Maryland. He conceived this lie as his defence to a civil Suit the Church brought against him in the County Court in Maryland. This concocted lie could best be described as the wild thrashings of a drowning man intent on bringing everybody down with him. However, in defence of this allegation, MFM brought its bookkeeper to testify in court who produced all the receipts of payment and customs documents and, in the end, the Judge not only thrashed the wild allegation but gave judgement in favour of MFM

“No. 3 is the allegation that the Trustees in the UK were suspended.

“This is completely false. They were never suspended. They are still in charge of the Church even up till now.

“No. 4 is the allegation of fraud against the Trustees of MFM UK.

“The trustees were never indicted. We can authoritatively say that no Trustee of MFM-UK has ever committed fraud.

“No. 5 is the allegation that Dr. Olukoya connived with someone to steal 150,000 pounds.

“This is a complete fabrication from the fevered minds of the defamers. Fortunately, all the people that took money illegally are still alive. The genesis of this allegation is that the lease of one of our branches in London contained a clause which stipulated that any party who broke the Lease for any reason before its expiration would pay a penalty of 150,000 British Pounds to the other party. It happened that the owner of the property broke the lease and sold the property to a third party which necessitated the Church relocating from the building. The property owners honoured their obligation and paid the penalty sum of 150,000 pounds which the Pastor of that branch somehow found a way of paying it into his personal account without informing the Headquarters and conspired with the external auditors to shield that income from discovery. It was much later that a member of that branch brought to the attention of Headquarters that such amount of money had been received by the Pastor.

“Headquarters immediately set up a panel to investigate the incident and give a fair hearing to the Pastor concerned. He attended the sitting of the panel and unequivocally admitted the theft. The Panel directed him to refund the money immediately. Upon receipt of the report of the Panel, the General Overseer issued the Pastor an ultimatum in writing to pay back the money within forty-eight (48) hours whereupon he promised to re-mortgage his house in London to comply. It was later brought to the attention of Dr. Olukoya that this ultimatum had not been complied with by the Pastor who, on his own, began to repay the money by instalments.”

The report added; “From the above narration, it is crystal clear to any unbiased mind that the money was stolen long before the Headquarters and Dr. Olukoya got to hear and that when they did, appropriate internal machinery were promptly put in place to investigate and recover it.

“The publication on the Charity Commission’s website which Sahara Reporters quoted out of context does not say or infer that Dr. Olukoya as Lead Trustee of the Church connived at the losses. It simply states, albeit on a false factual basis, that Dr. Olukoya agreed with and permitted the Pastor to repay the money by instalments. The question that flow from Sahara Reporter’s misconception and misrepresentation are:

“a. Since the synonyms of conniving are: plot, scheme, conspire, plan, hatch up, how can anybody do any of these in respect of an event that had already transpired without his knowledge?

“b. Would a person who connived at an act set up a Panel to probe that act and eventually set an ultimatum for the return of the stolen money?

“Suffice to say, at this point, that Dr. Olukoya has in letters dated 15th and 16 August 2019 writen to the Charity Commission to challenge the non-factual nature of the report written about him on their website. The Commission in a terse reply dated August 20th 2019 indicated that it would address that complaint.

“No. 6 is the allegation that MFM and Dr. Olukoya are land grabbers and were set to lose the MFM Prayer City land.

“Besides the fact that MFM has a Certificate of Occupancy, the falsehood of this allegation has been judicially determined by the fact that the lawyer who granted the interview from which Sahara Reporters made the false publication, as usual without independent research, has been damnified in damages for libel in the judgment of a High Court.

“No. 7 is the publication by Sahara Reporters that its Publisher Omoyele Sowore and his crew were beaten up and detained by MFM at its Prayer City.”

“The necessity to re-address this false allegation is underscored by the fact that the incident leading up to it is the foundation of Sowore’s deep-seated hatred for MFM and Dr Olukoya and the reason for his sustained rancid and venomous attacks on our Church and General Overseer.

“On the Cross-over service held at the MFM Prayer City in the night of December 2012 to the morning of January 2013, Sowore and his Crew, without being previously accredited like all other journalist and newsmen covering the event, gate-crashed and started filming and advancing towards the podium where Dr. Olukoya had already started preaching. Recall that this was a period when terrorist attacks and bomb blasts in places of worship were rampant and security was beefed up in such locations with a large presence of uniformed and plain-clothed Policemen, DSS operatives, Bomb detection Squads and other security operatives.

“These Security operatives stopped Sowore, and his crew from advancing further towards the podium took them out for questioning, and after they identified themselves, they were advised to restrict themselves to the area reserved for pressmen, but Sowore in his conceited perception of himself as having a larger than life image and reputation took offence at the suggestion and left with his crew only to subsequently concoct and publish those lies; and has not relented since then.

“Our members and friends are advised to just ignore these false and malicious publications for what they are.

“As for those who have made it their preoccupation and livelihood to pour filth on our Church and General Overseer, we love you as God’s creation and will continue to pray that you cease from your steady decline into perdition. We also commend to you the words of the scriptures in Isaiah 33:1 – “Woe to thee that spoilest and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.”
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2020/08/just-in-olukoya-clears-air-on-fraud-allegation-on-uk-church/amp/

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by femmyapson(m): 9:42pm On Aug 22, 2020
this space is booked for righteousness89

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by seunmsg(m): 9:47pm On Aug 22, 2020
This is old I think.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Golan007: 10:04pm On Aug 22, 2020
None of these defence relates to the present issue.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Inkling(f): 10:08pm On Aug 22, 2020
Okay o
But why always sahara

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by mayklef(m): 3:52am On Aug 23, 2020
make i jam my baba Fela on a low, b4 righteousness crew come
"archbishop dy enjoy
pope sef dy enjoy
my brother wetin u say"
"ITT, international Thief Thief"

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Chicastle: 3:59am On Aug 23, 2020
I think it's time for people to stop all this nonsensical allegations against pastors.

I am not their fan , neither are my a Pentecostalist but let the truth be told this men are human and citizens like we are.

Attackers over to you but ma no catch you oo

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by jaymejate(m): 4:01am On Aug 23, 2020
Too many words there

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by hecomeshome(m): 4:07am On Aug 23, 2020
Golan007:
None of these defence relates to the present issue.

And what's the recent issue?

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Enosa1(m): 4:08am On Aug 23, 2020
Hmmm... Sowore self.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by WandaNara: 4:08am On Aug 23, 2020
The ministry is moving forward. Hallelujah

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Parable007: 4:10am On Aug 23, 2020
I am not a member of this Baba's church but I don't believe any of these allegations levied against him... He has had a track record of integrity for years. Not just because he is a pastor. As we grow in life we must be careful who we help or who takes over after us. This may be the work of one greedy and ambitious pastor who want to bring His G.O down because of greed.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by trueking: 4:10am On Aug 23, 2020
These Sahara reporters should be careful, this man is a man of integrity.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Swissheart(f): 4:18am On Aug 23, 2020
The part that caught my attention is the Sowore guy feeling larger than life. I know that feeling, i hear it all the time....... do you know who I am ?

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by emmanuelewumi(m): 4:20am On Aug 23, 2020
hecomeshome:

And what's the resent issue?

UK government is now in charge of the finance till further notice, but the Trustees are in charge of spiritual affairs.

A Google search will show this.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by ScamKiller(m): 4:22am On Aug 23, 2020
Sahara Reporters can kiss my ass with their stupid malicious allegations. The personal integrity of Dr Olukoya is well known. The man is shockingly ascetic, extraordinarily humble, down to earth, unassuming and utterly non-materialistic.

After I learn more about the integrity of the G.O of Nairaland Ministries (Archbishop Righteousness89), I would report back to the forum shocked grin shocked grin shocked

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by tillaman(m): 4:23am On Aug 23, 2020
grin
Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Adeyinka123: 4:24am On Aug 23, 2020
Thanks for the update sir. Sahara reporters needs to be careful

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by ojogbengasamuel: 4:25am On Aug 23, 2020
sowore, you're planning to sowo-short

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by ofiko123(m): 4:27am On Aug 23, 2020
Nice one..

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by anonimi: 4:28am On Aug 23, 2020
mayklef:
make i jam my baba Fela on a low, b4 righteousness crew come
"archbishop dy enjoy
pope sef dy enjoy
my brother wetin u say"
"ITT, international Thief Thief"


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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by anonimi: 4:30am On Aug 23, 2020
Adeyinka123:
Thanks for the update sir. Sahara reporters needs to be careful


ojogbengasamuel:
sowore, you're planning to sowo-short


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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Neddstark: 4:36am On Aug 23, 2020
Be careful of Sowore. He is ready to use his media outlet to blackmail anybody, even his family. Bite him in a way and he uses Sahara reporters to lie against you.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by AdrianShawarma(m): 4:36am On Aug 23, 2020
To be honest, there's a lot of backstabbing and political maneuvering in church matters. Half the issues here are erring pastors that wanted more than a piece of the MFM pie.

That's why people underestimate the work their GOs do. Half the time is spreading the word, the other half is spent keeping an eye on internal affairs. It's not as easy as you think, as some of the satellite churches are really difficult to manage.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Originalsly: 4:37am On Aug 23, 2020
Hmmm...... didn't read all... but two things..... why this epistle which doesn't prove anything?.... why not summons Sahara to court for libel? This longgg damage control is creating more damage.... some of the pastors are crooks.... even conspired to pocket the church money and share among themselves. I guess the one who blew the whistle was not given his fair share. I now wonder if they even killed their own because of money and power.

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by ecolime(m): 4:41am On Aug 23, 2020
Inkling:
Okay o
But why always sahara
Because Sowore is very vindictive

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by shamhuna: 4:48am On Aug 23, 2020
Thanks for revealing this sir

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Re: Daniel Olukoya Clears Air On Fraud Allegation On UK Church by Kingpele(m): 4:57am On Aug 23, 2020
Chai you guys shouldn't have explained further.. No reasonable human being takes that headquarters of fake news outlet like Sahara desert reporters serious any more... We have seen them as what they are, a partisan political movement.. Sowero see himself like a very powerful entity cos as a journalist he can kill your career whether political or religious or even your business if u have any problem with him...he is one of the reason press freedom will continue to be sidelined.. Fear press bully

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