Three Pastors of the Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel at Isheri Olofin area of Lagos State are at loggerheads over the sharing of N16.5m realized from the purchase of a parcel of land and property by the church.
The trio, who have taken the battle to a Lagos court, are Deacon Dolire Oluwaniyi, an estate agent, versus two other Pastors, Edwin Iky and Peter O. Odama.
The Pastors acted on behalf of the church over the purchase of the property, Vanguard reports.
In the suit before Magistrate’s court sitting in Ogba, with suit number, MIK/4174/16, Deacon Oluwaniyi stated that the two pastors cheated him after they collected N140m from their General Overseer, Bishop David Oyedapo and paid N130m to the owner of the property.
He added that as the agent who linked the church to the owner of the property, he was entitled to N6.5 million commission which was also paid by the church but was shared between the two pastors and he was not given a dime.
Following the alleged scam, the claimant dragged the church to the court seeking an order that he should be paid his commission as a registered agent with his company’s name, Bedek properties that facilitated the transaction.
He stated that he was contacted through the pastors and he linked the church to the owner of the property, one Bishop Emmanuel Omobajesu.
The claimant said after the payment for the property he demanded for his commission and the two pastors asked him to bear it as seed to the church where as they had already collected the money from the church.
In response, the defendant under the registered trustee of the church, stated that the claimant was not appointed as its agent, legal representative nor hold any partnership and did not authorise the claimant to act on behalf of the defendant.
It also stated that the claimant have no locus standi to sue the defendant as regard the property and demanding N6.5m agency commission.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. M.O Osibajo has adjourned the matter till 23 November, 2016, to deliver rulings on the motions filed by the parties.