Court sets June 1 to hear impersonation and fraud allegation against CAC pastor

From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan

A High Court in Oyo State in Ibadan has set June 1 for hearing in a case of impersonation and alleged fraud against Pastor Mosesayantoye of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC ) in Oke-Ife, in the Agbowo region of Ibadan.

Judge R Akintola set the date on Wednesday for the prosecutor, Mr Michael Lana, to notify the court of his request to amend the charges against the accused from 23 to 31 counts.

The defendant was indicted on February 8 for 23 counts bordering on forgery, identity theft, defamation and fraud.

Akintola said she could not proceed with the hearing of the variation request due to an urgent matter she had to attend to.

However, it has set June 1 for the hearing of the claim and the trial of the defendant.

Prosecutor Lana had earlier informed the court that the defendant forged the CAC letterhead, wrote a letter and forwarded it to Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG) Zone 11, Osogbo.

Lana testified that the defendant made a false statement against the CAC pastors, the church attorney and the officers of the Corporate Affairs Commission with the AIG in an effort to have them wrongfully prosecuted for a criminal offence.

The prosecutor further stated that the defendant, with intent to defraud, fabricated the church documents without any authority and wrote a letter to the chairman of the Law and Privileges Practitioners Committee with the purpose of depriving a candidate of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria not to be considered.

Lana said the accused posed as the officer of the national public secretary of the church and used the church’s letterhead to write a letter which was published in the newspaper. national newspaper.

He further said that the accused published a defamatory matter against the President and other administrators of the Apostolic Church of Christ, Nigeria in the national dailies on October 18, 2021.

The prosecutor said that the accused had published a defamatory statement against the former director of the public prosecution of the federation, Mr. Mohammed Umar and the former deputy director of the public prosecution of the federation, Mr. Ajakaye in the newspaper Nation du May 4, 2017.

Lana said the defendant gave false information in a court proceeding with prosecution FHC/IB/9C/2011 between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Pastor Gideon Okegwemeh and others while testifying to his status.

The prosecutor said the defendant also gave false information to the Federation Attorney General against the Director of Public Prosecutions of Oyo State, church officers and officers of the Corporate Affairs Commission in a letter dated November 7, 2000.

He said that on September 22, 2005, the accused gave false information to the AGF against Ms. ‘Ibadan and to ensure that the defendants who were the pastors of the church and the officer of the corporate affairs commission are prosecuted on the allegation made by him.

He said the offenses violated Sections 373, 375 and 465 of the Penal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charges and his attorney, Mr. AR Daramola applied for his bail application and was released on bail by the court.

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