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Pastor Henry Of Church of God Mission Arrested Over Visa Scam

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Nov 12, 2012 – Pastor Henry Of Church of God Mission Arrested Over Visa Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, November12, 2012, arraigned Pastor Henry Uhunmwagho, 33, before Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court 2 sitting in Benin City, Edo State on a nine count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence.

Count number one of the charges read: “that you Henry Uhunmwagho on or about the 13th day of August, 2010 in Benin within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Odion Princewill C. under the pretence that you were going to procure a United States of America Visa for him which you knew was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Henry, a pastor with Church of God Mission, Suleja, Niger State, was arrested by the EFCC on the 11th May, 2012, following a petition by Godwin Ochai, a legal practitioner, on behalf of one Mr. Odom Princewill.

He was alleged to have collected the sum of One Million, Four Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand Naira (N1, 436,000) under false pretence to process a United States of American Visa for the petitioner but failed to do so.

Though he pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him in court, the accused had admitted in his statement to the EFCC that he collected the alleged money from the petitioner and gave it to one Eze Chucks ( now at large), to process the visa but failed to do so.

Princewill, in his petition against Henry, alleged that sometimes in 2010, he was introduced to the accused, by Rev. Uzor Onyekwere of the Church of God Mission, Benin. The petitioner alleged that the suspect claimed to know an in-law to the then Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and promised to help him secure a two-year visa to United States of America.

“I paid a total sum of one million, four hundred and thirty six thousand naira (N1, 436, 000) into Mr Henry’s Diamond Bank account, but the visa was not processed. At a point, he asked me to go to the Abuja International Airport and wait for the personal assistant to the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada whom I will be travelling with, but I did not see anybody when I got there. I tried to call Henry, but his phone was switched off,”Princewill said

The defence counsel, Pius Ezeh moved the oral application for bail but was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Chioma Okongwu. Justice Ajoku in her ruling said the defence counsel did not present anything before the court to show why the accused should be granted bail.

She adjourned the matter to 29th November, 2012 for hearing on the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.(Sahara Reporter)



  1. Abdullahi Yusuf

    November 13, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Hhmmm na wao… You see; pastor againnn. Anyway it’s nt suprising…lol

  2. Ikenna Jason

    November 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    is too bad.

  3. Chudy

    November 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    EFCC u should tress this matter to d grass rooth and use dat man as an example

  4. Yemi Okonkwo

    April 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    I want to alert all Nigerian to the activities of an individual called David Onimisi Yusuf who claims to be CEO of a fake organisation called Career Intelligence Ltd.

    He has scammed several Nigerians in Nigeria and diaspora with a fake Canadian immigration scam where he claims he can facilitate the issuance of a Canadian visa, education and job assistance. He uses his British citizenship as a distractoin to ensure that his victims do not see him for what he is.
    He also claims he can provide a British visa in 3 days. He’s a smooth operator and a very prolific liar.

    The man is wanted by the police in the United Kingdom on farud related charges and is in possession of the passports of his victims.

    Please do not pay this man money for any service he cliams to provide, it’s all a scam!

    This man walks free amongst us rubbing shoulders with government offcials and moonlights this elaborate scam operation.

    Also read the account of a victim which would give you an insight into his MO:

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    please circulate this and help stop him from scamming other people.

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