Pastor Docked For Alleged N350, 000 Thefts

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Self acclaimed man of God, Ajayi Pius, 45, was on Monday arraigned before Magistrate Omolola Akosile of an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court, Ekiti, for allegedly stealing N350, 000.
The accused is facing a charge of stealing.
According to the prosecutor, Monica Ikebuilo the accused committed the offence sometimes in June 2013 at Falana area of Ado-Ekiti.
“The accused who is a pastor in an indigenous church (names withheld) situated at Basiri, in A do-Ekiti, was alleged to have stolen N350,000 kept in his car.
“The amount was to be used by one Rufai Mercy to rent an apartment”, she said.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 383 and was punishable under Section 390 (8b) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
She however, applied for adjournment to enable her study the case file ‎and assemble witnesses.
The accused pleaded not guilty.

His counsel, Simeon Ojo, applied for his bail on liberal terms and promised that the accused would not jump bail.
The magistrate, Omolola Akosile, granted the defendant N50, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction and must have verifiable addresses.
The case was adjourned till April 27 for hearing.

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