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Britain jails Nigerian pastor involved in ‘biggest ever education scam’

Britain jails Nigerian pastor involved in ‘biggest ever education scam’
June 27
23:03 2016

A Woolwich Crown Court has sentenced Sam Kayode, a Nigerian part time pastor in England, to nine years in prison over his alleged role in what has been described as Britain’s biggest ever education scam.

Kayode was accused of spending seven years looting the accounts of Haberdashers’ Aske’s state schools in south London, now an academy chain acclaimed by the government.

According to Mail Online, the suspect, who was the school’s account manager, spent £4.1million on four women, who were identified as his wives and mistresses.

He started working at Haberdashers’ – which has links with the public schools of the same name – in 1997.

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Thacker said in 2006, Kayode started using the BACS money transfer system to put tens of thousands at a time directly into a joint account held with wife Grace. He then spent up to £98,000 a month.

As well as spending money on his real wife Grace’s private health care – until her death aged 53, in 2013 – he also signed documents showing he was making investments with Halima, and renting flats in Kent for ‘partners’ Toyin Lawal and Yetunde Turtak.

Kayode said he had lied about marrying Halima, and denied affairs with the other women.

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At her house in Northfleet, Kent, Lawal, 50, said when she was short of cash, Kayode paid one month’s rent for her in his role as pastor at a church in Nigeria.

He was also said to have bought luxury cars such as Mercedes, Audis, and an Infiniti, and suspected of sending a huge amount of money to Nigeria.

The father of four, who was paid £57,000 a year, was found guilty of obtaining £150,000 by theft and £3.95million by fraud.

“A dishonest, greedy and possibly bigamous school accountant has been jailed for nine years for stealing £4.1million of taxpayers’ money – and lavishing it on four women,” the newspaper said in its report.

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“Despite overwhelming evidence, he tried to blame the theft on his late wife Grace and an office junior. He claimed they conspired to smear him by transferring the money to his joint account in revenge for his adultery.

“During those years no questions were asked about the secretive man who locked himself in his office to work late, after arriving in a Mercedes, wearing £500 Gucci shoes and carrying a Louis Vuitton briefcase.

“His boss, chief financial officer Paul Durgan, failed to notice a penny missing. He was often lecturing other schools about how to run their finances, while Kayode was transferring school money into his own bank account.”

A school cleaner, who reportedly stumbled across Kayode’s paperwork, was said to have raised an alarm.

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She made an anonymous call to the new chief finance officer, Yvonne Smithers, who was already suspicious about Kayode’s secrecy.

Prosecutor James Thacker said Kayode was too arrogant to admit his guilt even after he was caught red-handed in 2012.

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14 Comments

  1. onidajo lai iberu
    onidajo lai iberu June 28, 01:50

    Nigerian “pastors”… Has anyone noticed that every Nigerian crook now is a “pastor”?

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    • F_you
      F_you February 12, 16:22

      He was a pastor and dont talk about my grandd like that

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    • eazykonet
      eazykonet June 30, 06:45

      Anyone can claim to be a Pastor. Even Alfa. Its a title that those who follow fail to use discretion. There are still good Pastors all around just as there are still good Alfas

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    • Ajo
      Ajo October 05, 17:05

      There’s another fraudster in the UK Ghanaian by the name ‘Bishop’ Gideon Appoh – a swindler amd fraudster of the bluest dye! How he’s escaped gaol is indeed by the Grace of God

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  2. Unfortunate
    Unfortunate June 28, 12:14

    It’s almost always the sanctimonious ones. Skillful with verses of the Bible, Highly proficient with the vulnerable and coins.
    Even the way they say Hallelujah sef, you would think they have the exact measurements of the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Don’t be surprised he becomes a pastor to the inmates. Human nature is not for the faint hearted.

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  3. Gavin
    Gavin November 05, 13:01

    Are pastors not Crooks, at least most of them? Who told them Jesus is coming, then collecting money to prepare for his arrival? This is going on in some churches in Africa right now? They are ALL CROOKS(most)! He should have got at least 15 years. I will appeal that sentence. Too lenient and not sending the right message out there!

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    • GlenG
      GlenG February 10, 13:16

      AND there would be no 50% reduction to sentence for good behaviour in a prison in the Nigeria Correctional Service.

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  4. Don Lenitas
    Don Lenitas July 16, 15:35

    The time has come when genuine Christian should revitalise serious awakening in the true word of God as spoken by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Gospel. The Nigerian “pastor” signifies a thief in suit stealthily stealing tithers money including school associated with the church and using the money to enjoy, fornicate, fortify himself with serious talisman, JuJu and other local fortification. I wonder wether Jesus Christ uses car during his life time. The donkey he uses was borrowed. Even Moses that started Priesthood warned the priest never to have inheritance. Most of them are going direct to hell. Jesus Christ clearly stated that not all that call me Lord with enter the kingdom of God…
    ……hell hath no fury…

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  5. COOLIO
    COOLIO September 24, 01:21

    PEOPLE FAILED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS TO DETRIMENT OF NIGERIA ABROAD JUST LIKE THAT OF HUSHPUPPY, NIGERIANS ARE FAILING THEMSEVES ABROAD AND THEIR GOVERNMENT FAILING THEM AT HOME, THEY DAMAGING THEIR DETRIMENT IS THE WAY OUT. WHEN INNOCENT NIGERIAN GET OUTSIDE THERE NOW THEY WILL FINDING DIFFICULT TO SURVIVE SIMPLE OPPORTUNITIES OPENED TO WHOLE WORLD IN THE NAME OF THEIR BAD MANNER. HE SHOULD BE JAILED 30 YEARS INSTEAD, AND WHEN HE FINISHED FROM THERE HE SHOULD START ANOTHER 15 YEARS IN NIGERIA.

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    • GOD have Mercy
      GOD have Mercy November 07, 16:54

      Surely righteousness exalts and sin is a reproach
      People here in UK look at us suspiciously
      We have unholy greed
      God have mercy

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  6. Prince Nmoghalu Okey Okaro
    Prince Nmoghalu Okey Okaro November 08, 16:11

    He is before the attested and tested temple of justice hence the process will manage him in sync with realities on ground. If he does the crime, surely he will do the time not minding whose ox is gored and as the law is no respecter of anybody.

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