Pastor Drags Man To Court For Damaging Church Blocks Worth N1.8m

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

For allegdly damaging blocks belonging to one Apostolic Church Mount Calvary in Osogbo, a 39 year old man, Abdul Waheed Yusuf has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate court in Osun state.

The blocks, worth one million eight hundred thousand naira was said to be the property of the cleric in charge of the church, Pastor Emmanuel Ojo.

Yusuf was accused of conspiring with six others, now on their heels to damage the blocks used in building the church.

The charge sheet read: “that you Abdulwaheed Yusuf and others now at large on the 29th of October, 2015 at about 5am at Apostolic Church Mount Calvary, Ayetoro, Osogbo did conspire among yourselves to commit misdemeanour to wit malicious damage.”

“That you Abdulwaheed Yusuf and others at large on thesame place and time did unlawfully and wilfully damage church blocks valued one million and eight hundred thousand, property of Pastor Emmanuel Ojo.”

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Mireti Wilson told the court that the accused has committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 517 and 451 (6) (I)  of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the two count charges of conspiracy and wilful damage slammed against him.

Defence counsel, Tawfeek Ibikunle prayed the court to commit his client to bail in a liberal term stressing that the accused was innocent of the offence until proven otherwise.

But the prosecutor opposed the oral bail application arguing that the accused would hinder the arrest of other fleeing suspects if granted bail adding that there was possibility that Yusuf commits similar offence if released on bail.

Mireti asked the court to grant the case accelerated hearing.

The presiding judge, Magistrate Habibat Bashiru granted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in the like amount.

She added that one of the two sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 12 while the other must be a close relative of the accused who must possess evidence of tax clearance. She said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The Magistrate granted the prosecutor’s prayer that the case should be given accelerated hearing and therefore adjourned the matter till Friday, 6th November, 2015 for hearing by 11am.

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