Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Cleric, Three Others Arraigned Over Disturbance of Public Peace

A cleric with the Mountain of Sinai Prayer Church, Oko-Irese, Kwara, on Friday appeared with three other persons before an Omu-Aran Area Court over alleged public incitement and disturbance of public peace.

The accused, Pastor Emmanuel Adekoya, 40, of Irese Compound, appeared on a two-count charge with Emmanuel Jimba, 51; Emmanuel Ruth, 30, and 65-year-old Victoria John.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Oni Ayodele, told the court that Adekoya on Wednesday reported to the police that one Jimba of Oke-Ayo compound at about 5.30 p.m brought a fetish substance into his church.

He said police investigation into the case later revealed that Adekoya with the assistance of Ruth and John engaged in a scuffle with Jimba over the allegation leading to the alleged breach of peace.

Ayodele also told the court that Adekoya was being charged with the three other persons for taking the laws into their hands instead of promptly reporting the alleged discovery to the police.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 114 of the penal code.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The judge, Abolade Banigbe, granted bail to each of the accused persons in the sum of N20,000 with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case till Jan. 24 for further hearing. (NAN)

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