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Pastor Defiles, Impregnates 16-year-old Pupil In Ogun

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The pastor of a white garment church in Iwaya , Ijebu – Ife , Ogun State , Prophet Sunday Adelaja, is cooling his heels in police custody for allegedly impregnating a 16 – year- old girl.

Adelaja, who is reportedly married to two wives, allegedly defiled the Junior Secondary School 3 pupil twice , resulting in the pregnancy.

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It was learnt that the victim had kept the incident to herself as instructed by Adelaja until her mother got wind of the pregnancy which is now five months old.

It was gathered that the pastor owned up to the act but claimed he intended to marry the girl .

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It was further learnt that the pupil’ s parents had gone to attend a meeting at the palace of the community’ s traditional ruler sometime in June 2019 , leaving her behind .

The 40 – year- old pastor was said to have invited her to his house on the pretext that he wanted to ask her some questions , but molested her instead .

The girl told City Round that Adelaja threatened her not to divulge the secret to anybody and that she should make herself available to him on demand .

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She said about one week after the first encounter , the pastor accosted her while she was running an errand for her mother and took her to his house for another round of sex .

The pupil explained that about two weeks ago , her mother noticed some changes in her and took her to a hospital for a test . The result reportedly confirmed that she was five months pregnant.

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She said , “My parents were in a meeting at the palace that day when the pastor asked me to come . He said he wanted to ask me something and took me to his second house . When we got there, I asked him what our mission was and he said I should be patient . He then shut the door and pushed me on the bed .

“ I tried to struggle with him but he overpowered me. After he had sex with me , he told me not to tell anyone . One week after , he stopped me along the road , took me to his house and had sex with me again .

“ Some weeks ago , my mother was worried about how I was behaving and she took me to hospital . It was confirmed there that I am pregnant. The pastor was the only person that had sex with me and he didn ’ t deny it. ”

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The father of the victim , who identified himself simply as Soliu , stated that he was shocked when he learnt that it was Adelaja, who impregnated his daughter.

He said the suspect confessed to the crime and promised to provide N2 , 000 on a daily basis for the welfare of the girl .

He said , “ Her mother was afraid to tell me she is pregnant. She ( the mother ) went to inform my brother and a friend ’ s father who came to break the news to me last Tuesday .

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I was shocked when they told me it was Pastor Adelaja who impregnated my daughter. This is somebody who already has two wives .

“ Through a friend , we took the case to a human rights group and it was reported at the Ijebu – Ife Police Station on Thursday , December 5 . My child is still going to school ; why should he contemplate marrying her ?”

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The representative of Advocate for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network of Nigeria , the rights group monitoring the case , Mr Adeyemi Akin – Akala , said the incident caused pandemonium in the community as angry youths attacked Adelaja’ s church .

He said , “ The youths pasted a notice on the church entrance that no one should enter the premises.

Apparently , the prophet was at large when the youths got to the church and out of anger they destroyed the church walls , which led to the arrest of four of them. The perpetrator ( Adelaja) then came out of hiding to the police station .

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“ A medical test was conducted on the girl at Ijebu – Ife General Hospital and the matter was later transferred to the police gender unit in Abeokuta . ”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi , confirmed the case , adding that investigation was ongoing .

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(City Round via Punch)

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Police Arraign Cryptocurrency Marketer Over Alleged N51.7m Fraud

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The Lagos State Police have arraigned a cryptocurrency marketer, Temitope Longe, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N51,789,222 by false pretence and fraud.

Longe was docked before Justice Tijjani Ringim on the alleged offences by the officers of the Police Special Fraud Unit Ikoyi, Lagos.

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The PSFU’s prosecutor, Mr Justin Enang, told the court that the cryptocurrency operator and others now at large, committed the offences in Lagos sometimes in 2017.

Enang told the court that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,894,711 from one Dr. Abiodun Adefunrin with false pretence of investing same in cryptocurrencies and forex trading.

He further told the court that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,894,711 property of Francis Aremu, and converted same to his personal use.

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According to the prosecutor, the offences committed contravened Sections 8(a) and 1(1){a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

He also told the court that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as Amended in 2012.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against him.

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Following the defendant’s plea, the prosecutor asked for a trial date and also urged the court to remand him in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until the determination of the charges against him.

But the defendant through his counsel pleaded with the court to admit him to bail in the most liberal terms.

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His counsel told the court that his client was a first-time offender and that charges against him were bailable ones.

Justice Ringim, after listening to the counsels’ submissions, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Judge further ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 14, among others.

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Justice Ringim ordered that the defendant be remanded in NCS custody until when he is able to meet the bail conditions, and adjourned the case to March 30, 2023, for trial.

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Akwa Ibom YPP Guber Candidate Bags 42 Years In Prison Over Corruption

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The senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Akpan has been sentenced to 42 years in prison without an option of fine for corruption.

Akpan, the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, (YPP), Akwa Ibom State, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissíon (EFCC).

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Delivering her judgement at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke found Senator Akpan guilty on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and receipt of exotic cars worth two hundred and four million naira (N204m).

During the court proceeding, Defense Counsel Solomon Umoh (SAN) pleaded with the Court for leniency as the convict has a young wife and children to cater for.

He also pleaded that the court should temper justice with mercy by including an option of fine. But that was opposed by EFCC, citing legal authority to convince the court not to give fine as an option, particularly in the light of the fact that the court has not opted for the maximum sentence.

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Akpan was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on June 24, 2019, at the Federal High Court, Uyo for corruption charges.

He was accused of receiving from Jide Omokore, a BMW X5 (bulletproof) worth N50 million in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 (bulletproof) worth N45 million from the same source.

In November 2013, he also received a Toyota Landcruiser V8( bulletproof) valued at N40 million and in March 2014, he received a Range Rover, valued at N40 million. Also in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof bus valued at N27 million was received from the businessman.

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Additionally, he was prosecuted for receiving at different times between 2012-2014, Toyota Hiace High Roof buses valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.

The EFCC which was investigating money used for the 2015 elections, spotlighted Jide Omokore, who was suspected as a conduit through which illegal funds were used for elections. While interrogating the businessman, he mentioned his numerous transactions with Obong Bassey Albert, who was a commissioner in the state and now a senator.

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Meanwhile, the senator has been taken to the Correctional Centre, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, where he is expected to serve his jail term.

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How Lagos RCCG Pastor Was Killed –Brother

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A prosecution witness, Omoniyi Dada, in the ongoing trial of two teenage boys, Farouk Mohammed, and Kasali Jamiu, who allegedly killed a Redeemed Christian Church of God’s pastor, Babatunde, has told the court how he found out about his brother’s death.

Omoniyi, who is the first prosecution witness, told a Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos State that he got to know that his brother was killed in the church when he received a phone call from his younger sister.

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Justice Sherifat Sonaike remanded Mohammed and Jamiu on October 20, following their arraignment over the murder of the 46-year-old pastor.

At the commencement of trial, Omoniyi, who was led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Babajide Martins, told justice Sonaike that before he got to the church, his sister informed him that the pastor’s corpse had been taken to the Navy Town Hospital.

The witness said, “According to my sister, Oluwakemi, on that fateful day, my deceased brother told her and the other laundry workers that he was going to the bank and that he would be back.

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“She said when he returned, he went upstairs in the church to rest, and she was now thinking of why her brother had not come down after resting for quite some time.”

One of the laundry workers went up to pick a cloth to wash, on getting there, he screamed.

“The worker screamed and called the rest; they all met the pastor in a pool of blood and he was coughing out blood. They noticed that the two strange boys, Farouk and Jamiu, were not there.”

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During cross-examination, the counsel for the first defendant, Oyekanmi Isijola, asked the witness how he got to know about the incident.

The witness confirmed that the whole incident was related to him by his sister, as he didn’t witness it.

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The court could not proceed with the second witness, Inspector Daniel Olumuyiwa, because his name was not listed on the list of witnesses.

 

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