PASTOR ARRESTED FOR FRAUD ATTEMPTS SUICIDE IN DETENTION

Femi Makinde, Osogbo

A 46-year-old pastor, Joseph Afolayan, who was arrested by the police in Osun State for alleged fraud has attempted to hang himself while at the police cell.

Our correspondent gathered that Afolayan, a pastor with Freed Zone Church in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State was arrested alongside his female friend, Miss Bimbo Olanrewaju.

It was learnt that the pastor requested for a financial help of N600,000 from Olanrewaju, saying he needed the money to clear some goods he was expecting from Canada.

Olanrewaju and the pastor were said to have fraudulently obtained a sum of N450,000 from one Mathew but the pastor was said to have run away after they had allegedly defrauded Mathew of N450,000.

Mathew was said to have lodged a complaint with the police and the police arrested her but could not get Afolayan. However, to get the pastor, the police were said to have asked Olanrewaju to call the pastor and and told him to come and collect N150, 000 to make the money he needed to clear the goods complete.

The source said the pastor came to collect the money and he was arrested by the police and he was taken to the police custody for further investigation.

The pastor was said to have attempted to kill himself while at the police detention because of the shame his alleged act had brought to him.

He was said to have been arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Osogbo immediately after the alleged failed suicide attempt at the police cell.

A charge sheet obtained by our correspondent in court on Friday showed that the pastor was arraigned before the court for the counts of stealing; presence and attempted suicide while Olanrewaju was charged with stealing and pretence.

The Police prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, told the court that, “Bimbo Olanrewaju ‘f’ and Afolayan Joseph Sijibomi sometime in May, 2015 at Mabinu Street, Jaye Area Osogbo in the Osogbo Magisterial District did conspire together to commit felony to wit obtaining money under false pretense.

“That you did steal the sum of N450,000 property of one Odeleye Mathew Banjo ‘m’ and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of Criminal Code Cap 34 vol. II laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

“That you Afolayan Joseph Sijibomi on 18th January 2017 at about 0900hrs at the custody of Oke Odo police divisional headquarter in the afformentioned magistrates district did attempt to commit suicide by using your shirt to tighten your neck in the cell in other to take your life and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 327 of criminal code 34 vol. II laws of Osun State of Nigeria. ”

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them.

The magistrate, Mrs. Falilat Sodamade, granted them bail in sum of N100,000 each and adjourned the case to February 20th for hearing.

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