A senior pastor of the Christian Charismatic Ministries, Innocent
Nwangwu, has told an Enugu Magistrate Court that the General Overseer,
Pastor Sabinus Onuigbo, forged documents to change the church’s Board of
Trustees, BoT, after he was suspended for alleged misconduct.
Onuigbo and five other senior pastors of the church, their names
given as Tony Chukwu, Chukwuma Orji, Nick Nwoye and Tony Ike, were
accused of conspiring to commit forgery.
The offence is punishable under Section 495 (a) of the Criminal Code, cap. 30, Vol. 11, Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.
The charge sheet in the suit numbered CME/56C/2017, stated that
Onuigbo and the other accused persons, on or about July 16, 2014, and
August 10, 2014, used forged documents to apply to the Corporate Affairs
Commission to change the trustees of the church.
Nwangwu testified in the court that Onuigbo and the other accused
persons moved to change the church’s trustees after he (Onuigbo) was
suspended by the elders of the church over allegations of misconduct.
He said that after investigating the allegations levelled against
Onuigbo, the elders of the church, at a meeting in March, 2014, in
Enugu, decided to suspend Onuigbo, having found him guilty of the said
He added that the General Overseer and his group also moved to “deal” with those who supported his suspension.
“Immediately the General Overseer was suspended, he planned with the
other accused persons to deal with their perceived enemies – those that
supported the suspension.
“In July 2014, an acting general overseer was appointed by the elders
but the accused persons moved to reconstitute the Board of Trustees,
and they held a meeting where they purported to change the membership of
“By September 2014, they got the purported certificate of the forged
BOT, and after that, they planned to expel all those they perceived as
“After they forced out the regional pastor in Jalingo, the police
called me saying the accused persons gave them two different
certificates of BoT with my name on both certificates.
“They asked me to explain how that came about. I said I didn’t know about the second certificate.”