Updated: March 6, 2021
United Kingdom-based Nigerian pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo, escalated his scam to a different level recently during a church service captured on video. The shocking video has now gone viral.
In the video, Ashimolowo tells church members to sow a seed of between $1000 and $5000 to join the “millionaire status”.
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Why it matters: Nigerians are very religious people and a set of millionaire pastors seem to have taken advantage of their faith, and are cleverly extorting millions of dollars from them and investing the money into private businesses.
Ashimolowo for instance has successfully built a university in Maryland area of Lagos with the money he raised from members by promising them hope and success “in Jesus’ name”.
His church, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) is based in London, England and was established in 1992 with 200 adults and 100 children. It currently has up to 12,000 people in attendance at the main church every Sunday, according to its wikipedia public page.
Another Nigerian pastor in what appeared to be comedy but was real asked church members to give him all of their money and walk back home.
“If you have 5000 naira anywhere around you, come and drop it in my hand,” Pastor Chidume whose church is not known by this medium is heard as saying.
“If you have 5,000, 10,000, 4,000 or 3,000 anywhere around you, come and drop it in my hand,” says.
He continues to reduce the amount until he collects almost everything from church members then as them to trek home.