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NIGERIA: Court remands pastor in prison for assaulting colleague

Lagos –  An Isheri Senior Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a former pastor with the Christ Embassy Church, Jones Nweze, at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, for allegedly assaulting his colleague.
The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Adejumoke Olagbegi-Adelabu, ordered the accused to be remanded following his re-arraignment and the violation of a court order.
The  police had arraigned Nweze on Aug. 7, 2013 for attempting to machete some members of the church during service.
The court had ordered the accused to stay away from the church after being granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Nweze was re-arraigned for allegedly assaulting his successor, Pastor Nike Akinola.
Nweze, 52, who lives at No. 24, Ajilogo St., Ketu, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of breach of the peace and assault.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp Nurudeen Thomas, said that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 28, at the church premises located at No. 35, Aina St., Ojodu, Lagos, at about 5:00 p.m.
Thomas said that the accused assaulted Akinola by pulling her hair and clothes.
He said the offences contravened Sections 249 and 168 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 249 recommends one year imprisonment for convicted offenders.
The case was adjourned till March 26, for further hearing. (NAN)

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