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Baptist Church denies involvement in alleged N5m rice supply

By Salisu Sani-Idris

Dr Israel Akanji, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, said on Monday that the church had never had a rice deal with a supplier worth N5 million as speculated.

Akanji said this on Monday, as he briefed reporters at church headquarters in Garki, Abuja, about the activities of a fraudster, who he said wanted to drag the church’s name through the mud.

He urged Nigerians to join hands to end crime in the country and avoid believing the fake news

He explained that a certain Emmanuel alleged that the church asked him to provide rice worth 5 million naira and that after the supply, the church only paid him 500,000 naira in payment. part of the supply.

“Last Friday I received a phone call from the Bereke radio station in Abuja, asking if my church or I had a rice transaction with a man called Emmanuel.

“According to Brekete Radio, who called me, the man told them that he was providing rice to our church but that we refused to pay for it.

“I remember that in May of this year a man came to our church in Garki, that he was looking for a pastor Philips, who asked him to provide rice worth 5 million Mr.

“I then called all the pastors outside but he did not identify the pastor he claimed among them.

Akanji insisted that the church was not involved in any rice sourcing business with any person or supplier and would never be part of a twisted arrangement.

“There is no way the church will go into such a huge rice transaction without any written agreement or supporting documents.

“Again, the transactions of the church are done in public and on its premises,” he said.

He instructed the man to stand away from the church and go to the place or store where he had taken supplies.

”I asked the man where he supplied the rice, he said it was in Dei-Dei under the bridge, still later he claimed he supplied it in a store somewhere . So it is very clear that the man was duped by fraudsters and not by our church, ”he said.

The president, who is also the senior pastor of the First Baptist, Garki Church in Abuja, said the activities of the church “are open and are still carried out on the premises of the church.” (NAA)

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