A 46-year-old pastor, Joseph Afolayan, has tried to kill himself in the police cell after he was docked for alleged fraud in Osun state.
Punch reports that Pastor Afolayan of the Freed Zone Church in Ijebu Ode in Ogun state, was arrested alongside his female friend, Miss Bimbo Olanrewaju. The pastor requested a financial help of N600,000 from Olanrewaju, saying he needed the money to clear some goods from Canada.
Olanrewaju and the pastor allegedly got 450k fraudulently from one Mathew Odeleye and the pastor immediately ran away after the act. Mathew reported the case to the police and Olanrewaju was arrested while pastor Afolayan was still at large. To get the pastor, the police were said to have asked Olanrewaju to call the pastor and told him to come to collect the remaining N150k to complete the money that he needed to clear the goods. It was there and then that the pastor was arrested.
It was said that the pastor attempted to kill himself in the police cell because of the shame that the alleged act brought to him. He was arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Osogbo immediately after the alleged failed su*cide attempt in the cell. He was charged with stealing; obtaining money under false pretenses and attempted su*cide, while Olanrewaju was charged with stealing and obtaining money under false pretenses.
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The charges read in part: “That you, Bimbo Olanrewaju and Joseph Afolayan, sometime in May 2015, on Mabinu Street, in the Jaye area of Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony, to wit; obtaining money under false pretences.
“That you did steal the sum of N450,000, property of one Mathew Odeleye, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
“That you, Joseph Afolayan, on January 18, 2017, at about 9am, in the custody of the Oke Odo Police Division, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did attempt to commit su*cide by using your shirt to tighten your neck in the cell, in other to take your life, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 327 of the Criminal Code 34, Vol. II, Law of Osun State of Nigeria.”
The two accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them. The magistrate, Mrs. Falilat Sodamade, granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 each and adjourned the case till February 20.