Paul Oyewole:Pastor fakes own obituary to evade N3m debt payment
A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo town, Ondo State, has arraigned Paul Oyewole for allegedly publishing and posting his obituary on social media in order to evade payment of N3 million owed to a church member.
The 43-year-old pastor was dragged to court for fraudulently obtaining N3 million from Boyede Emmanuel, under the pretense that he would repay the money within seven days, but he failed to do so.
Akao Moremi, a police prosecutor, informed the court that “the defendant, allegedly falsely published and posted his obituary on WhatsApp after sending a fake alert to a bank account, knowing full well that he did not have such a sum in his bank account.
In addition, he was accused of “threatening the complainant over the phone with the intent to intimidate him and conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by stripping naked in front of the complainant’s house.”
The prosecutor stated that the defendant committed the offense between November 25, 2021 and May 7, 2022 in the Valentino neighborhood of Ondo, contrary to and punishable under Sections 419, 86, and 125A(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
However, the cleric pled not guilty to the charges brought against him.
Moremi informed the court that he would be calling four witnesses to testify and asked for a date to review the case file.
Mrs. Queen Arokoyo, counsel for the defendant, requested bail for her client on the most lenient terms possible and guaranteed the court that he would not abscond.
Mrs. Mosunmola Ikujuni, the presiding magistrate, granted the defendant N1 million bail with two credible sureties in the same amount.
Ikujuni stated that one of the sureties must be a homeowner who resides within the jurisdiction, and that the original and a copy of the identification card must be attached.
She subsequently postponed the hearing until February 13, 2023.
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