A man whose identity could not be ascertained has reportedly paid into the coffers of a local church in Makurdi, Benue State a sum of N42 million as tithe.
Although the pastor of the church, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan, who initially denied knowledge of the offering as contained in the copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January – March, 2017 , later confirmed the payment the lump sum as tithe paid to the church as tithe.
Investigations have revealed that the money was paid into the UBA account of the NKST Church High Level Makurdi.
The report showed that the lodgement was the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter.
The money was paid into the church’s account in January 2017.
The breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2 million and an expenditure of N33.7 million within the same time frame.
The church’s records also showed that out of the income, N44.6 million was generated from tithe offerings while a single person accounted for N42 million.
Since the whistleblowing policy has been yielding results, many government functionaries and others have been said to have been throwing them ill-gotten money to churches and mosques to obtain God’s protection.
Reacting to the financial report, the pastor said his initial denial was based on the allegations that the donor was an appointee of the Benue government.
” I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state.”
He said there was nothing wrong with the offering and insisted that the church had nothing to hide.
Meanwhile, the tithe offering has stirred controversy in a state struggling to pay the salaries of workers.
Public discussion centred on the legitimacy of the donors income, as a man who pays N42m to a church as tithe must have made an income of N420 million in the month that he paid.
The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu U Sudan hen Tiv’, meaning the Church of Christ Amongst the Tiv