While serving 10 years in prison each, two Warri based pastors have had their sentence extended to 25 years.
They were on Monday jailed again for a total of 26 years after they were found guilty of stealing the sum of N32.5 million collected from depositors in the guise of running a microfinance company.
The two, Pastor Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo, were sentenced by Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu following charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
While Pastor Aberefa was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, Reverend Okpogo was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
In 2017, the two were sentenced to a total of 10 years by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta state, on a four-count charge of stealing and carrying out banking practice without license.
According to a statement by the EFCC, the convicts, alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, were prosecuted on 16-count charges bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing, contrary to sections 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, CAP 21, Vol 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.