Yussuf Atanda, a 27 year old business man who resides in Lagos has being arrested for allegedly impersonating the general overseers of some Pentecostal churches to defraud members of the public.

Report reaching us states that Atanda created fake Facebook accounts for the general overseers of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Daniel Olukoya; the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye; to allegedly dupe his victims.
It was said that Atanda do send messages asking members of the public to deposit N1,000 and N2,000 into a given bank account and receive N3,000 and N5,000 in four days.

He usually blocked his victims’ account after they had made the payment so that they would not be able to reach him.

He was, however, arrested and arraigned on charges bordering on cybercrime before Magistrate M. O Tanimola at the ikeja magistrate court on Wednesday.

Though Atanda pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The police prosecutor, Aondohemba Koti, told the court that a petition was written to the police by one of the complainants’ counsel and that the defendant committed the alleged offences in October 2018.

He added that the defendant used the names of the three general overseers on the Internet without their consent.

Koti said, “Atanda created fake Facebook accounts for Pastor E. A. Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; Dr D. K. Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries; and Pastor T. B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

The offences violated Section 20 (1) of Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2015, he added.

Tanimola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must provide evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned till April 17 for mention.