The absence of the founder of ‘I Reign Christian Ministry,’ Ikota, Lekki, Bishop Oluwafeyiropo Daniel, has stalled his arraignment for alleged rape of a church member before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.
Bishop Daniel was to face charges bordering on rape before Justice Ramon Oshodi.
When the registrar of the court called his case file, the defendant was not in court.
The Prosecuting counsel, Mrs Inumidun Solarin informed the court that the defendant was granted administrative bail by the Police at Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Mrs Solarin informed the court that the prosecution informed the Police of yesterday’s hearing date.
She said they were informed by one ASP Yemi that when they got to the address he gave them at Alagbon, they were informed that the defendant was not at the address.
The prosecution however told the court that they had information that Bishop Oluwafeyiropo Daniel was currently in Abuja and had a church function on Monday.
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Mrs Solarin prayed the court to grant a new date to open case against the defendant
She also informed the court of the readiness of prosecution to inform the police of new trial date for the defendant
Justice Oshodi granted the request of prosecution and adjourned till April 17.
A legal advice issued by the office of Director, Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dated March 13 ” is of the view that there exists prima facie offence of rape under Section 260 of the Criminal Law, Ch C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 against the suspect, Oluwafeyiropo Daniel.
“Facts from the duplicate case file reveal that the suspect, Oluwafeyiropo Daniel, is a pastor and the founder of I Reign Christian Ministry; that he had a church branch in Akungba Akoko (Ondo) where he had young people as pastors and assistants pastors. It is also revealed that Oluwafeyiropo Daniel invites the branch pastors and assistant to his house from time to time for one reason or the other.”