Following rumours of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's involvement in a Ponzi scheme, the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) has refuted the allegation.
The London based organisation issued a statement by Dipo Oluyomi, Chief Executive Officer and James Mcglashan, Chief Operating Offficer: “We wish to state that the headline was unfortunate and misleading and has caused damage to the reputation of Pastor Ashimolowo. The sensational headline suggests that Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo lost $5 million when in fact he did not and did not make the decision to invest.
“Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of KICC and not her trustee and has never been a trustee of KICC. As you are aware from the Charities Commission’s report, the decision to invest was solely that of the U.K trustees without any involvement of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo. Importantly as the report states, it is the trustees who have the responsibility for investing Charity Funds and not Pastor Ashimolowo.”
The statement said the investment referred to were made by former trustees on behalf of the Charity over seven and half years ago and that they believed they were acting in the best interest of the Charity and “they did not and have not benefited personally.”
“Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo preaches around the world on behalf of KICC, spreading the word, touching lives both home and abroad, raising Champions and the profile of KICC,” it stated.
The rumours of Ashimolowo's involvement reported that the pastor invested $5million and was expecting a return of 55% interest.