Nigerian pastor arrested for offering bribe in Zimbabwe

Nixon Chibuzor Ohizu

A prominent Nigerian Pastor in Zimbabwe, Nixon Chibuzor Ohizu has been arrested for allegedly offering a $2,000 bribe to National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) officials.

The 46-year-old head pastor of the Empowerment Ministries Church was accused of offering USD 2,000 to two high ranking NRZ officials to reverse the cancellation of a lease agreement between his church and the transport utility.

Chibuzor had met Colonel Nyabambi and Clive Ncube at the NRZ office on August 7.

The two NRZ officials reportedly accepted a bribe offer of $2,000 and agreed to reverse the cancellation on the lease agreement once he had delivered the agreed amount.

Upon returning to the office not knowing that a trap has been set, the pastor was arrested by the police. The bribe money which was in $100 denominations was recovered by the police and is currently being kept as an exhibit.

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Pastor Ohizu was not asked to plead to the allegations when he appeared before Harare magistrate Richard Ramaboa.

He was, however, granted bail of $10, 000 and was ordered to surrender his passport.