Aku, a long-serving member of the Ekliyisar Yanuwa’a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), was convicted for committing the fraud between 2016 and 2018, according to court records.
Aku’s trial before his conviction by a Yola High court, presided over by Justice Nathan Musa, followed the petition filed before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Secretary General of the Church, Rev. Dr Daniel Mbaya.
Mbaya said the embezzled funds were part of contributions generated from church members’ offerings, donations and tithes.
Justice Musa, who delivered judgment on the six counts bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, said, “The accused person is hereby sentenced to three-year imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently without an option of fine.”
Speaking shortly after the verdict, Mr Bello Bajoga of the Public Affairs Department of the EFCC said the commission was happy with the judgment.