LAGOSâ€”The saying that whatever a man sows he reaps, rightly captures the conviction of Pastor Michael Spring Inyang and four others whose hope of enjoying the proceed of crime was dashed as they were made to spendÂ Christmas and the new year in prison after the courts handed them various jail terms.
Inyang, the proprietor of Christian Millionaire Club is to spend the next four years behind bar after Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Lagos High Court found him guilty on all 17 count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The pastor who used the name of God to defraud hundreds of his followers began his scam in 2006, when he registered an organisation known as Christian Millionaires Club through which he persuaded victims to partÂ with their resources with an assurance that bountiful rewards await them here on earthÂ and in heaven.
The convict also told his victims that his club was affiliated to a popular Christian body in U.S.A.and as such whatever they contribute would be rewarded in manifold at the end of the year. This led many of the victims to sell their properties, while some borrowed money from the banks to invest in the club.
Almost immediately, Pastor Inyangâ€™s life changed for the better, he moved from one room apartment in Egbeda to a duplex in a choice area in Lagos while heÂ bought state of the art cars to complement his new status.
But their hope was dashed when at the end of the year, Inyang was no where to be found. So in 2007, the case was reported to the EFCC and he was later arrested. After the completion of investigation, he was arraigned before Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of Ikeja High Court where he was eventually convicted.