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NSCDC Counsel absent in court; defendant Church sends SOS to Governor AbdulRazaq

Yusuf Bakare

The absence of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC counsel, Barrister Ajide Kehinde, in court today stalled court proceeding in a matter brought before Magistrate I. A Dasuki.

The NSCDC had filed a suit against two Pastors; Olumide Peters and Jesulayomi Adetola of Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin on charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion.

The prayer of the NSCDC were granted at the first hearing as the Pastors were remanded at the Federal Correctional Service Centre, Ilorin but today, Monday at the resumed hearing, Magistrate Dasuki agreed to release the two Pastors after meeting bail condition of providing two sureties who must be civil servants in the Kwara civil service.

However, a call has gone to Kwara state govenor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazq to urgently intervene and rescue members of the Evidence of Christ Ministry International from the harrasment being suffered in the hands of operatives of NSCDC over false allegations.

Pastor Oluwabukunmi Adewale, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry made the call while addressing Journalists in Ilorin over the arrest and detention of its members over tromp up charges.

Adewale explained that her ministry has never been involve in any issue of child trafficking or abduction as alleged by the NSCDC adding that all the children evaquated from the church including a one year old boy have their parents among the worshoppers.

Among detained alleged children is an infant, a year and few months, Master Awujola Awujoola Image of God, whose mother was also a member of the Evidence of Christ Mission. The woman, Mrs Esther Awujoola said she was denied access to his son despite claim that she is the mother but the infant was made to sleep the NSCDC cell under the harsh unkept condition of the environment.

The Minister further stated that the refusal of her fellowship to join either the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) or the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN is a matter of choice which should not and does not invalidate their mode of worship.

She also cleared the air over allegations that the church is been funded by international organizations stressing that all allegations against the fellowship is unfounded and cannot be substantiated b the Corps asking them to present any evidence in the open.

On the allegations that members are asked to burn their certificates as a means of worshiping God, Adewale further lamented that this is another false accusation saying that her fellowship sponsor the less privildged in schools up to tertiary institutions asking “what will be the essence of sending people to aquire certificate when such will be burnt at the end.”

Pastor Adewale lamented that the NSCDC must be acting on wrong information from mischieve makers who are bent on bringing down the church from carrying out what God has called them to do.

Presenting the fellowship’s certificate of Incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC since 1979, to the press,  Pastor Adewale querried “What does NSCDC mean by unlawful assembly as alleged adding that her ministry does not collect Tithes and offering as to be accused of extorting money from member but rather, the church give to needy members as a way of reaching out to the poor. She therefore appealed to Governor AbdulRalhman AbdulRazaq to intervene by setting up a panel to investigate issues surrounding the harassment of her church  and all issues raised against the ministry to dig into where the ministry violated the provisions enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

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