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Clergyman Fakes His Obituary To Escape N3 Millon Debt


Clergyman Fakes His Obituary To Escape N3 Millon Debt

A Magistrate court in the state of Ondo has ordered the remand of a 43-year-old clergyman named Paul Oyewole, who was charged with posting his obituary on social media in an effort to avoid paying a N3 million debt to a member of his church.

According to Vanguard, Oyewole allegedly got N3m from Boyede Emmanuel under the pretence that he would repay the money in seven days.

According to Police Prosecutor Akao Moremi, after the accused clergyman failed to make his payment, he posted a fraudulent obituary on WhatsApp and issued a fake bank alert to his creditor. He was additionally accused of “threatening the complainant on phone, with the intent to intimidate him and also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, by stripping himself naked in front of the complainant’s house.”

According to the Police Prosecutor, he violated and was punished by Sections 419, 86, and 125A(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006, along the Valentino area in Ondo between November 25, 2021, and May 7, 2022.

The cleric entered a not-guilty plea after having the allegations read to him. The police prosecutor requested a date so that he could review the case file after informing the court that he would invite four witnesses to testify in the case.

The defendant’s attorney, Mrs. Queen Arokoyo, requested the most liberal conditions possible for release and assured the court that her client would not jump bail.

Hence, the defendant was given a N1 million bail with two reliable sureties each posting a similar amount by the trial’s presiding magistrate, Mrs. Mosunmola Ikujuni. Ikujuni emphasized that both the original and a photocopy of the identification card must be enclosed, and one of the sureties must be a homeowner who resides in the jurisdiction.

She then set a hearing date of February 13, 2023 for the case.

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