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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 14 January 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Ilorin Pastors brainwash church members to disown parents, burn certificates

The suspects were arraigned at Ilorin Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday The suspects were arraigned at Ilorin Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday

Two pastors in Ilorin, Kwara State have been arrested for allegedly brainwashing their congregation to disown their biological parents and burn their certificates.

Identified as Olumide Peter and Jasulayomi Adetola, the suspects were arraigned at Ilorin Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday.

PMNews Nigeria said they were charged with criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, and putting persons in fear of injury in order to commit extortion.

The Magistrate, Ibrahim Dasuki then ordered the defendants to be remanded in Oke-Kura Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till Jan. 28, for further mention.

Earlier, Counsel to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Ajide Kehinde, said that two children and four adults, who were reportedly abducted by the pastors, were rescued by the corps, PMNews Nigeria reported.

He said that the defendants, who are pastors at Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin, kicked against Western education, claiming that it was a sin and that any certificate acquired through it was evil.

Kehinde said that the pastors had been extorting money from international organizations by sending recorded videos of the children, claiming that they were victims of natural disasters and internally-displaced persons, PMNews Nigeria said.

Kehinde said further investigation revealed that the pastors kicked against Western education, urging its congregation to see it as ungodly.

He said that the offences were contrary to Sections 96, 100, 260 and 293 of the Penal Code Law.

The counsel prayed the court to remand the defendants on the basis that one of them was still at large.

He said that releasing the defendants on bail might jeopardise efforts to carry out proper investigation into the matter.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

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