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UK Clears Bishop Oyedepo & Winners Chapel London Of £16Million Financial Misappropriation Allegations

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UK Clears Bishop Oyedepo & Winners Chapel London Of £16Million Financial Misappropriation Allegations

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July 18, 2015 – UK Clears Bishop Oyedepo & Winners Chapel London Of £16 Million Money Laundering Allegations Raised By Investigative Journalist

Months after an investigative journalist volunteered to lie against the Living Faith Church Aka Winners Chapel International in London, the UK Charity Commission Board has concluded their investigation and has cleared the Winners Chapel London of any financial misappropriation.

Here are some findings from the investigation:

Our review of the charity’s financial information identified minor discrepancies. However, the trustees were able to explain and resolve these.

  • We found no evidence that £16 million or any other amount had been misappropriated.
  • We were satisfied the charity could demonstrate good financial controls, appropriate for a large and expanding charity. We provided the trustees with general financial advice and guidance on best practice with regards to categorising expenditure, gift aid and grant making in their accounts.
  • We confirmed the charity had an appropriate safeguarding policy in place which was based on the model provided by Churches Child Protection Advisory Service. The policy is extensive and covers all the recommendations in the commission’s guidance.
  •  During our case we did not identify any evidence to suggest beneficiaries of the charity are at risk. The incident occurred in Nigeria and there were no incidents involving this charity.
  • The charity managed the reputational risk of its association with the incident in Nigeria by taking legal advice, discussing the matter at trustee meetings, responding to press queries and issuing statements as appropriate.
  • We identified a potential conflict of interest arising from the employment of an individual who was related to the founder. However, we were satisfied with the trustees’ decision making in respect of the employment. They demonstrated that the conflict of interest was managed and that they had appropriate policies which were applied.
  • Overall, its accounts were good and complied with the SORP for charity accounting; however our review of the accounts raised a number of issues to warrant further exploration including honorariums, transfers of funds, expenditure categories and gift aid. The trustees were able to provide satisfactory responses to the queries we raised on these issues.

The UK Charity Commission will want other charities to know that:

  • This charity had sound policies in place to help protect it against risk and had good records to show how the trustees had acted and what decisions it had made. This put the trustees in a good position to respond with confidence to serious allegations and to co-operate with our enquiries.
  • We expect this of all charities: charities working with vulnerable people must have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place; the trustees must ensure these procedures are being followed; trustees must put in place robust internal financial controls; charity trustees should regularly review and assess the risks faced by their charity in all areas of its work and plan for the management of those risks – our guidance on risk management outlines the basic principles and strategies that can be applied to help charities manage their risks”.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Desola

    July 18, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    i pity that journalist from the pity ofhell

  2. Desola

    July 18, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Oju ti tawon ota OLuwa lo ni glory

  3. Omotoso Kehinde

    July 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Thank GOD I know the commision I belongs to, victory is of the Lord thank you Jesus

  4. Adeyemi Timothy O

    July 20, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    Satan and your cohorts let it be known to you that no amount of campaign of calumny or libelous publication can stop God’s ordained commission under the Apostleship of our Papa in the Lord Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo from freeing the world from all oppressions of the devil via the WORD of faith

  5. Ayodele Olaitan

    July 20, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Surely they shall gather,but they are not of the LORD,dey must to scatter ni!

  6. Chinonso ahaiwe

    July 20, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    The journalist should beg the church for forgivness.

  7. Abegunde Stephen Olanrewaju

    July 21, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    I wish those mischief maker in Nigeria can read this.I said it that my father in the Lord is not the type but they wont listen.That jornalist who choose to lie agaist God’s anointed need to seek for God’s forgiveness before it’s late.Because all liers belong to the devil and every association with satan always ends in destruction.

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