16 January 2013

Nigeria: Pastor in Court for Assaulting a Native Doctor

A 43-year old pastor, Imagbe Izevbigie was on Wednesday arraigned before Idogbo Customary Court at Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Benin, for allegedly beating a native doctor, Patient Enogieru.

The accused, who was arraigned on a three-count charge of assault and breach of peace, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Izevbigie allegedly breach the peace, assault and used megaphone to inflict injuries on woman was contrary to Section 355 of the Criminal Code.

Enogieru told the court that she was sleeping at about 5am, on March 1, 2012 in her house when she heard noise of a megaphone in her compound.

She said she decided to go outside to find out what was wrong, she saw the pastor, saying "your juju will not save you; it will not help you; come to Jesus".

According to her, when she approached the pastor to leave the front of her house, he used the megaphone to hit her right hand and eyes.

Enogieru, however, prayed the court to compel the pastor to return her hospital expense.

Prosecutor Victor Ehiorobo fielded three witnesses, including a passer-by and Dr Wilson Akhiwu, a Police Doctor, who treated the native doctor.

The President of the court, Mrs Esther Eweka, adjourned the case to Feb. 18, for further hearing.

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