RCCG Pastor Jamiu Ishola sent to prison for N9m fraud

Pastor Jamiu Ishola Kolawole, a top pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for stealing the sum of N9m from his tenant, Dr. Emeka Ugwunze, in Lagos

The 60-year-old Kolawole was sentenced on Tuesday by Magistrate O.A. Adedayo of the Ogba Magistrates court.

The convict was the resident pastor of the RCCG, Ikosi Paris, Ketu District, before he committed the fraud. .

His journey to prison started in 2016, after he approached the victim, Dr. Ugwunze and defrauded him of the said amount of money under false pretence.

The fraud took place at his two-storey building in Gbagada, where the victim was his tenant.

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The parties negotiated for the house for N20m and the victim paid him N9m to effect the balance at an agreed period.

He convinced the victim that he wanted to sell the house to him because he had assisted him in the past.

And to prove to Ugwunze how serious he was, he handed him all the house documents except for the deed of agreement which he promised to process upon receipt of the full payment.

However, Kolawole disappeared after he obtained the initial payment.

The matter was reported to the police and he was arrested, then dragged to court.

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The court found him guilty and sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment.


Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348061000090 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]


  1. “However,Kolawole disappeared.”
    If it could still be said that he was “the pastor of RCCG Ikosi Parish, Ketu”, where and how could it be said he “disappeared”? Or, is it that he took the N9m and stopped/disappeared from the parish, his home and family, and the entire RCCG structure?

    This story is reported solely from the would-be buyer’s side. It would have been balanced, professioonal, fair, and more interesting to also hear what the pastor had to say.

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