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Man pays N42m 3 months tithe to Benue church

A man whose identity has been shielded by a local church in Makurdi, Benue State, has shocked church members with a tithe offering of N42 million.

Investigations by NAN revealed that the money was paid into the UBA account of the NKST Church High Level  Makurdi.

Although the pastor of the church, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan, initially denied knowledge of the offering, a copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January – March, confirmed the payment of N42million tithe to the church.

The report showed that the lodgement was the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter.

The money was paid into the church’s account in January.

The breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2 million and an expenditure of N33.7 million within the same time frame.

The church’s records also showed that out of the income, N44.6 million was generated from tithe offerings while a single person accounted for N42 million.

Reacting to the financial report, the pastor said his initial denial was based on the allegations that the donor was an appointee of the Benue government.

” I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state.”

He said there was nothing wrong with the offering and insisted that the church had nothing to hide.

Meanwhile, the tithe offering has stirred controversy in a state struggling to pay the salaries of workers.

Public discussion centred on  the legitimacy of the donors income, as a man who pays N42m to a church as tithe must have made an income of N420 million in the month that he paid.

The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu  U Sudan hen Tiv’, meaning the Church of Christ Amongst the Tiv. (NAN)

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  1. Tony Nwosu 15th April 2017 at 10:06 am

    Nigerians are terrible people! Any thing can happen in Nigeria, the most perverted country in the world. It may not be surprising to you that people have reverted to laundering money through the Churches. But woo be-tie any person who wants to use the name of Almighty God for monetary fraud. We know that this is the era of Many Judas but we should not forget the consequences of what we do.

  2. AZZO 15th April 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Why was this matter made public in the first place if there is nothing suspect about it? I think now that it is in the public domain and the church is aware of government’s policy in chasing and retrieving looted stashed funds, as a church i think you should be helping government in this regard. The church should please give the details of this tithe payer who does not even stay in Benue but have chosen to pay their tithe in a Benue church. The intention by government should be that of only verifying the tithee’s source of income and no more. We need to be telling ourselves the truth and be very transparent in this country if we must make progress.

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