An hairdresser, Rose Godwin, has been arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N5000 from a pastor, Pius Ophie, she claimed impregnated her spiritually.
Prosecuting Police Corporal John Iberedem said the accused is facing a two-count charge of breaching public peace and obtaining by false pretences.
Iberedem said the accused, 42, committed the offence on April 16, at Eseagu Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos.
He said the accused allegedly obtained N5000 for antenatal from the pastor, under false pretences.
Iberedem said: “The complainant, Pius Ophie, a Pastor, said he met the accused for the first time the day she came for counselling in church.
“The pastor told the police that the accused complained that she was always having dreams of a man having sexual intercourse with her every night.
“The pastor arranged to carry out deliverance for the accused and later told her to come with her relatives.
“But to Ophie’s surprise, the accused came some weeks after the deliverance and told him that she had a dream about him sleeping with her.
“Godwin claimed the complainant impregnated her spiritually and the accused then started to demand for money to register for antenatal care.
“The accused obtained the sum of N5000 for antenatal care from the complainant, on the pretext that she will bear a spiritual baby.’’
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 166 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
But the accused pleaded not guilty.
Senior Magistrate G.L. Otepo granted the accused N50,000 bail with one surety in the like sum and adjourned the case till July 20.