EFCC reacts as general overseer debunks reports of arrest

Faith on the Rock Ministry general overseer Theophilus Ebonyi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that the general overseer of the Faith on the Rock Ministry International Apostle Theophilus Ebonyi was arrested in June 2023 over fraud allegation, but released on bail.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the explanation followed Ebonyi’s video where he said he was never arrested.

The overseer’s video was in reaction to the statement by the EFCC spokesman issued on February 5, about the arrest, which created the impression that the incident was recent.

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Oyewale, however, said the pastor’s claim that he was never arrested was not true because EFCC arrested him in June 2023 over alleged financial crime and was only released on bail.

“Mr Ebonyi was on bail having been arrested and then released last year. He had been arrested over a long period of time, but because of the investigation that we were doing, we did not issue any statement,” he added.

The pastor, in a video posted on Facebook, said: “That publication out there on the February 5, is not true, it is a lie. I am very fine, I am okay, I am not in the EFCC custody. I am here with my lawyer, we are discussing the modalities.”