This was issued in a statement by the church’s Head of Administration, Pastor David Apelorioye.
The dismissal stick was wielded on Pastor Joseph Aiyedun, who was in charge of one of the OFM branches in Abia State, for using the ministry’s name to participate in the popular money doubling scheme.
According to the statement, Pastor Aiyedun was sacked after a thorough investigation revealed that he used the name of the church to register for MMM, thereby denting the ministry’s image in the public eye.
The statement read, “The management of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide is using this medium to react to a news making the rounds on the social media regarding one of his pastors who used the ministry’s name to register for the MMM scheme.
”Ordinarily, the church would not have reacted to the story because of falsehoods being published regularly by some blogs and news websites whose credibility are questionable. But after a thorough investigation by the church authority, it was established that one of our branch pastors in Aba, Pastor Joseph Aiyedun, indeed participated in the scheme.”
“The church authority decided to expel Pastor Aiyedun not because he registered for the ponzi scheme but because he involved the ministry’s name in the satanic adventure. And we discovered that he was able to use the ministry’s name because he had access to the account of his branch which itself is against the church’s guidelines and a fraud likely to have been carried out in connivance with the branch’s account department. We are still investigating further to unravel the whole activities.”
“Of the OFM’s 200 churches in Nigeria alone and its 800 branches in 51 nations of the world, it is possible for any of the pastors to go astray and be corrected. In fact, we discovered that Pastor Aiyedun, including some other members of OFM, did the scheme before our father, Apostle Johnson Suleman made the warning last year against MMM, but Pastor Aiyedun was fired because he did it with the ministry’s name as the OFM rules forbid any of its pastors access to the account except people in the account department.”
However, this is coming few days after the VC of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Olabode Popoola, had declared that the institution would collect over N2bn students owed it whether they are able to recoup their money invested in the ponzi scheme or not.