AN attempt to have a Nigerian pastor and his wife evicted from a house that they allegedly swindled an elderly couple out of, resumed in the high Court on Tuesday before judge Herman Oosthuizen.
Isaac Onwordi, who runs the church Life Changing Christian Church, came into the spotlight when members of his church, Gervasius Arnat and Franziska Arnat, accused him and his wife of defrauding them of their N$1.5 million house in Dorado Park last year. He was subsequently arrested for fraud and that case is currently before the Magistrate’s court.
The complainants, however, approached the high court for an order compelling Onwordi to move out of the house, as well as the cancelation of the lease agreement which was done orally, according to court documents.
The initial agreement was allegedly made for purposes of contacting religious activities at the house.
The victims’ daughter, Gervalda, who has since changed her name to Faith, testifying for Onwordi, has however revealed that he parents had on several occasions offered to assist the church in acquiring movable property and to act as lawful agents and nominees.
She is alleging that the house was in fact never her parents’ as they never paid the bond out of their personal pockets.
The money used to pay off the house was, according to Gervalda, made by the church.
“My parents are in breach of the memorandum of understanding entered into between the parties by claiming ownership and title over the property. I pray that my parents’ action be dismissed with cost. I further wish to categorically state that there was no lease agreement ever entered between my parents and the church,” she said in her affidavit.
The matter continues in the High Court today.