Justice Olabisi Akinlade had ordered Ogundipe to pay the complainant the money which he illegally obtained from her.
The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has convicted a popular Lagos-based Prophet, Israel Ogundipe of fraud charges.
The Prophet was dragged to court on the complaint of a London-based architect, Mrs Olaide Williams-Oni, who accused the man of God of obtaining a total of N17m from her when he promised to help her buy some landed property.
This case has been on court for 13 years (since 2007) and the man of God has been denying this accusation.
The prophet was prosecuted on seven counts, but was found guilty on two by Justice Olabisi Akinlade. The judge dismissed five of the charges for lack of evidence.The judge sentenced Ogundipe to one year’s imprisonment on each count, but said the prison terms would run concurrently.
“Both sentences are to run concurrently and the defendant is to restitute the complainant the sum of N2.5million in respect of count two (stealing) and N8.5million in respect of count 4 (unlawful conversion of property not delivered),” the judge said.
Williams-Oni had told the court that she met the prophet a very long time ago (2002) during her visit to Nigeria. She was invited to the pastor Israel Ogundipe's church by her step sister for prayers.
Ogundipe, who is in his 40s, is popular on social media as a result of some of his messages that have gone viral.
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