The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, a leading prayer and deliverance church in Nigeria with branches in all continents of the world, has recovered its Maryland, USA branch stolen from it by the Branch Pastor, Lawrence Adetunji; his wife, Ronke; and 11 others, this newspaper has gathered.
Also recovered are other church assets belonging to the MFM, including bank accounts earlier converted to personal use by the pastor and his co-conspirators.
The feat was sequel to a long-drawn litigation, which got a head on October 22, 2021 when Olatunji, his wife and the 11 others lost their legal action to retain their stolen church and other assets of the church, including the bank accounts.
On October 22, 2021, Lawrence Adetunji, his wife Ronke and 11 other former members of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, lost their final appeal in case number CAL616-26532, entitled: “Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, International, et al. v. Lawrence Adetunji, et al in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in Maryland, USA.”Adetunji was the pastor of the Bowie Branch when he, his wife and the other co-defendants conspired to unlawfully take the branch property, bank accounts and assets in order to create a new church called Christ The Truth Ministries, Inc.
The MFM commenced legal action to recoup its property and assets.
A judge heard the trial and ruled in favour of the MFM against all defendants.
The judge entered judgement requiring Adetunji and the co-defendants to return the real property, bank accounts, assets and awarded Mountain of Fire and Miracles damages and attorney’s fees.