A 43-year-old Pastor, Paul Oyewole, has been dragged before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo town, for falsely publishing and posting his obituary on social media in order to evade payment of N3,000,000 he borrowed from a church member.
The police brought Oyewole before the court on Monday, 30th January, 2023 for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N3,000,000 from one Boyede Emmanuel, under the pretence to pay back the money within seven days, which he reneged.
He was further alleged to have falsely published and posted his obituary on WhatsApp after he had sent a fake alert to U.B.A account No. 2140338283, knowing fully that he did not have such an amount in his bank account.
The defendant was also alleged to have threatened 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.
Prosecution said he committed the offence sometimes between November 25, 2021 and May 7, 2022, along the Valentino area in Ondo, contrary to and punishable under Sections 419, 86, and 125A(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
But the cleric pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.