Two former members of a popular Church in Akure, Pastor John Abiodun and a Senior lecturer at one of the State Universities, Dr Lanre Olu-Adeyemi, have been dragged before the State High Court sitting in the state capital, over a seven count charge of conspiracy, publications of false information, perjury, impersonation, threatening violence amongst other.
The duo were alleged to have been behind the fake news on social media that the founder of Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, opp Shasha, Owo-Akure expressway, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi and other members of the church had allegedly planted a placenta and a baby on the church’s altar.
They also petitioned the police on the allegation and nothing was found on the altar after policemen’s investigation.
However, when the case was mentioned for hearing at court 5 of the High Court, the state prosecutor, Barrister Bose Tunde-Alarape informed the court that it has been difficult to serve one of the defendants, Lanre Olu-Adeyemi a notice of motion on the matter.
The charge sheet reads: “that John Abiodun and Lanre Olu-Adeyemi on about 09:00 hours, at Akure in the Akure judicial division conspired together to publish life threatening and inciting stories about one Ajidahun Emmanuel Jeminiyi which is punishable under Section 59 of the Criminal code, cap 37, vol. 1, Law of Ondo State 2006.
That John Abiodun and Lanre Olu-Adeyemi on or about 13th January 2019 at about 09:00hours, in Akure, in the Akure judicial division did publish/ on different whatsapp platforms various falsehood against Ajidahun Jeminiyi, perjury punishable under section 117 of the Criminal code, cap 37, vol. 1,Law of Ondo State 2006.
“That John Abiodun, on or about 13th January, 2019, in Akure through various social media platforms with a mobile number 09061720016 under the user name Fausat Seekers threatened to deal with one Ajidahun Jeminiyi and his family, which amounts to threatening violence, punishable under section 86 of the criminal code, Cap 37, vol 1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.”
“That John Abiodun on or about 24th June 2019, at about 13:00 hours at High Court Registry, Akure, deposed to an affifavit of oath against one Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi and Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, knowing that the depositions were false. This is punishable under section 484 of the criminal code, can 37, vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State.
The presiding Judge, Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe enjoined the counsel to engage all legal measures available at serving motions on clients before it can be concluded to be impossible.
The Judge also urged all counsels and parties involved in the matter to make the process of serving and appearance in the court more prompt and of importance, noting that there are constitutional backing and penalties in such respect.
The counsel to other defendant pastor John Abiodun, Barrister Adelanke Akinrata who was represented by Barrister Femi Emmanuel Emodamori informed the court of not aware while other defendant was not represented.