Stealing! Stealing! Stealing! Stealing in the name of the Lord, sang Jamaican reggae singer, Max Romeo.

It is the sign of the end time, says the good book.

On Wednesday, Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC handed over two cheques totalling 11.9 million naira to a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG in Rivers State.

The amount was said to have been stolen by a deacon of the RCCG, Cyril Idakwoji.

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The South-South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Ishaq Salihu, explained on Wednesday that Idakwoji, a former employee of Access Bank, was the account officer of the church.

He said the suspect diverted the church funds to private use instead of transferring them to the church’s bank account.

Handing over the cheques to the pastor-in-charge of Province 4 of the RCCG, Salihu said, “He (suspect) forged the letterheads of the church’s region 5 and the signature of the pastor in charge of the region.  He also forged the signature of the church’s accountant to execute his criminal schemes in the RCCG.”

The stolen funds were paid back by the bank, which had sacked the suspect.

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