Bishop Samuel Chukwuka

“Bishop Chukwuka hails from Nnobi, in the Diocese on the Niger. To my mind, Bishop Chukwuka is a household name as far as Evangelicalism and Preaching the unadulterated Gospel of Christ is concerned. He is the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Isuikwuato / Umunneochi Diocese in Abia State. He is an inspiring and versatile National and International Conference, Crusade and Seminar Speaker. To the Glory of the Almighty God, the story and history of Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) in Nigeria cannot be completed without mentioning his name and the significant roles he played and is still playing today.” – stated, RT. Reverend Ephraim O. Ikeakor [JP], the Bishop of Amichi Diocese at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrews on Friday, June 11, 2011 while addressing the gathered church audience.

The Orwellian ovation by the Bishop of Amichi of the Bishop of Isuikwuato / Umunneochi Diocese, Rt. Reverend Samuel Chukwuka may find itself recoiling away at the doorsteps of the unfolding scandal of unholy bribery in return for Knight-ship in the Nigerian Anglican community of the New York metropolis area.

On February 2011, Rt. Reverend Samuel Chukwuka visited New York. During his previous visits, he would normally partake in the Anglican services conducted by the Nigerian churches in the tri-state area of New York. It is noteworthy that the Nigerian Anglican communities in New York are not under the Diocese of New York or any Diocese.

The February visit took a turn for the abyss.

 Bishop Samuel Chukwuka who became the Bishop of Isuikwuato / Umunneochi Diocese in Abia State on March 15, 2005 following his stint at the Diocese on the Niger under the tutelage of Bishop Okeke found his person, on February 2011, dragged into a bribe for knight scandal.

Through deceptively ambitious Anglican Reverend gentlemen in the United States of America who comprise primarily of expelled Reverends from the Anglican communion in Nigeria and fraudulent individuals that parade as Anglican Reverends – some of which joined the Reverend-hood upon their arrival to New York to open their own private churches under the supposed franchise of the Anglican Church of Nigeria – through them, the Bishop managed to swindle the Nigerian Anglican community in New York.  What appears striking is many associated themselves with the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion [EFAC].

In collusion with one of the Anglican Reverends [Rev Ben Nnaji from Mbano] whose priesthood has not been recognized by the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the Rt. Reverend Chukwuka orchestrated his unholy fraud on the Nigerian Anglican Community in the tri-state area of New York.

The Reverend Pastor played the role of the middleman. He went around the private Nigerian Anglican churches in the tri-state area advertising that the Bishop of Isuikwuato / Umunneochi Diocese was scheduled to visit New York in February of 2011 – that the Bishop has agreed to crown the Knight-hood on members of their respective church in returned for a token fee of $1000 per person.  

The response was rapid. The members of the Igbo Anglican community in New York were particularly excited by the development. In the Igbo community alone 247ureports.com gathered that a minimum of 50 participants were registered at $1000 a pop. The monies were collected across the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and remitted to the Bishop.

Interestingly, there were no criteria for registering to become a Knight except the $1000 registration fee or bribe – side-swiping the criteria stipulated under the doctrine guiding the Anglican Church of Nigeria for Knight-hood [which mandates that the Council of Knight deliberate on whom to accord the honor of Knight-hood].

According to information made available to 247ureports.com, as the Bishop arrived to New York, the ceremony was arranged at a hotel [Marriot Hotel] in Queens, New York. And the Knights certificates were distributed to the new Knights – and then the evening turned into a jamboree.

When 247ureports.com reached out to the Bishop through his Nigeria cell phone [08033386221] asking why he Knighted the participants in New York, he boldly stated that “if anybody gives me money I will Knight the person”.  When the Primate of Nigeria [head of Anglican Church in Nigeria] was contacted he acknowledged being aware of the scandal and pledged to have it resolved. He told our correspondent that Bishop Chukwuka was wrong to have Knighted the people in the manner he did. He stated that the Anglican Communion is scheduled for a Provincial Meeting in October 2011. He promised to have the matter deliberated upon at the Bishop’s meeting.

 Meanwhile the Nigerian Anglican community in New York, particularly the Igbo community has been caught in turmoil. This is following the recent visit by the Primate to New York in July 2011 where he stated his displeasure with the activities of Bishop Chukwuka in New York. The Primate openly chastised the Bishop stating that he had been warned to checkmate his activities in official capacity while outside Nigeria, particularly New York.

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