A 46-year-old, prominent Nigerian Pastor, in Zimbabwe, Nixon Chibuzor Ohizu, has been arrested for allegedly offering a $2,000(N772,000) bribe to National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) officials.
Nixon who is the head pastor of the Empowerment Ministries Church was accused of offering USD 2,000(N772,000) to two high ranking NRZ officials to reverse the cancellation of a lease agreement between his church and the transport utility, unknown to him that he was being set up.
It is reported that he had met Colonel Nyabambi and Clive Ncube at the NRZ office on August 7.The two NRZ officials reportedly accepted the bribe offer 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 had 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.
Pastor Ohizu was not asked to plead to the allegations when he appeared before Magistrate Richard Ramaboa in Harare.He was, however, granted bail of $10, 000 (N3,900,000) and was ordered to surrender his passport.