Unidentified man offers N42 million as tithe to church in Benue

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

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, 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 lodgement was 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.

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 N42 million to a church as tithe must have made an income of N420 million in the month that he paid.

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

(NAN)


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  • Rollingdollar

    Money laundering. Pure and simple

  • Wetin9ja

    Why does PT not report stories of millions paid into Mosque bank accounts or the account of Abuja or Benue or Kano Mosques? Every story about Churches will be reported on ur paper but stories about Mosques are not because you know the Muslims will say it is blasphemy against their Mohammed. Maybe Christians shouid start punishing people for blasphemy too. The other day one Mohammed had his Pennnnnis cut off, and Newspapers could not even write the caption ‘Doctors cut Mohammed’s Pennnnnnis” instead they wrote ‘Doctors cut Buhari’s pennnnis. They substituted the Boy’s Surname (Buhari) for his First Name (Mohammed). Nigerian Journalists! Yeye Fowls!

    • zung

      Don’t mind them.

    • amazing2012

      What has muslims got to do with this ? You are a Satan, the point is not religion but the legitimacy of the fund and its legality in religion. Be it any faith, corruption and dirty money must be discouraged.

      • Otile

        If whistle-blowing were not blasphemy in Islam every week one or two imams or chief imams would be exposed in this manner.

    • kunle1234

      Mr Mugu. Is this type of mentality that has made Nigeria to be on the path of retrogression

    • Lanre

      Agreed. Let all religious bodies have their finances monitored. That is how dirty, loud-mouthed Obasanjo will come and say Churches are aiding corruption. He has a church himself (I understand). Let him (Obasanjo) submit the books of the church to scrutiny.

      • pheliciti

        Just peep into any local mosque, youd see a painted part of the wall with a recording of all amounts collected on a daily basis. Audit of religious income and spending whether Christian or Muslim is required.

    • Aloa Akan

      I know majority of your type has a complex, “because it happens to us, it must happen to them”. Have you ever asked yourself why there are no Imam with a private jet? Or have you ever seen Forbes publishing the names of “Richest Nigerian Imams”? The reason is that, it doesn’t exist. Muslims don’t pay tithe to the mosque unless you want to create your own version of Islam.

      The mistakes you people make is that you like viewing Islam from your own perspective. Nope. You can never learn with such attitude. There are so many things you never know about Islam much more than what you read in the press. Free yourself from the bondage of self-delusion so that you can see things clearly.

  • Olakym

    The question to be asked is how did this unidentified individual come about such profit in benue? Why didn’t any of u speak up to challenge obj when he accused Christians of promoting corruption, at least he is also a Christian saying what he sees wrong in his religion. Leave religious differences aside and be transparent in all endeavours be it Christians, Muslims, or native worshippers.

  • Bulus

    Turnover 56.2mil, expenses 33.7mil…doing what??? Helping the poor? When you introduce a 21st century democratic system for humans into a 17th century jungle inhabited by barbarians…you get chaos…that’s what we face everyday… If not barbarians, who would keep $47mil cash and then start arguing about it..Bill Gates the wealthiest man in the world has never such cash live…B A R B A R I A N S!!!!!!

  • Mama Kay

    EFCC over to you. Investigate what business the donor does. If legitimate, well done to the person, if stolen, prosecute him/her.

    • Dawood

      I’m sure this man (or woman) has read media reports of how Magu is now going around looking under cabinets, mattresses and toilets. How about the church? Someone mentioned to this individual. Good idea! Money laundering, abeg.

    • The Optimist

      Simply just it! Thanks.

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  • Curseless

    Pastor Frederick, I submit to you that such a tithe is a big deal if it can be traced to an ill gotten wealth. The Bible is very clear on this issue. If the individual who deposited this money thinks it will wash away his sin, then he is gravely mistaken because a sin offering must be without blemish. God is a Holy God and will not honor such a tithe as He can not behold iniquity and besides the earth and the fullness are His. Evidently God can do without this kind of cajoling from thieves. There is a story in “Christinity today” where a church here in the USA, (Michigan to be precise) where a businessman tithed about $300,000 to his mega church. But after the grand jury indicted this man for running a $46.5 million Ponzi Scheme the government ask the church for the money back. Nigerian pastors have to be careful as they are answerable to the Almighty at the end of this all. They can not have the boldness to preach against sin when they ere condoning sin perpetrated by the the high and mighty of society. God is not deceived

  • Arabakpura

    I’m in love with their language but not their church which is indirectly supporting corruption! I suspect that the man must have seen a whistle and a mouth close to his house! To have paid through a bank also removes the doubt to some extent!

  • Mufu Ola

    Maybe he’s a whistle blower who just hit it big. But what exactly does tithe implies? One of d biggest religious scams.

  • zygote

    I think it is time for me to open my own church, my wife has been telling this for a long time. Enough is enough!

  • Karl Imom

    “Tithe” refers to one-tenth of income. So, if this individual gave tithe of N42 Million, then his/her income for that month was (42 Million times 10) = N420 Million. EFCC needs to investigate this Church to determine the source of that person’s income. This is money laundering. The money was paid through banking system, but how did the person get the money? We need to know the source of the money,, not the identity of the donor.

    • PolyGon2013

      Yep.

  • Onye Obosi

    In these days of terrorist sponsorship, such money, donor, and church need to be cleared by the DSS or anti-terrorist body.

  • A Aminu

    You don’t have to stay in benue state to be an appointee of the state government.

  • Acting Citizen of Nigeria

    So Premium Times can do investigative journalism on this one, but cannot move a finger in writing details of what they found out about the Ikoyi treasure find?

    Nigeria is being destroyed beyond repairs, not by our criminal politicians, but by twisted journalism as done by Premium Times et al.

  • factfinder

    When they can no longer hide money in their personal accounts, they are have started to do so with church account in the name of thiting. Efcc should look into the legitimacy of donor’s income

  • tunde008

    OBJ and GEJ started this looting scheme usig church.GEJ perfected it, when he was using Oritshejafor the then CAN president. Wike is starting his this month.Politicians now collaborate with church pastors to loot government money.

  • Oforleta Chibuzor Victor

    Most ‘churches’ and some persons that call themselves ‘men of god’ are now used as conduite to perpetrate all sorts of evils in the society.
    They (men of god) celebrate and honor criminals and even encourage them to steal more.
    Judgement will indeed start from the church

  • SHIMAS Fred

    The worse thing is that; NKST does not stand for the rubbish the publisher wrote it is. Publishers of nowadays are too lazy and unresearchable.