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By: Adesoji Adetona
Justice Bode Adegbehingbe of the Ondo High court sitting in Akure, today directed that counsels handling case before him cooperate at paving way for quick Justice especially the case involving a Pastor and a Senior University lecturer.
The trial Judge in his words to counsels handling case of false publication and wrongly alleging the founder of the Promiseland Prophetic Ministry located opposite Shasha Market on Akure/Owo expressway, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi and some other members of the church on the allegation of planting baby placenta on the church’s altar and some fetish objects.
The Pastor, John Abiodun is facing eight Count charge of conspiracy, publication of false news, Perjury, Impersonation and threatening violence amongst other charges.
On the other hand, a Don, Prof Lanre Olu-Adeyemi of the Adekunle Ajasin university, Akungba Akoko, is standing trial on five (5) count charges of conspiracy, publication of false news, Aiding Publication of false news and aiding impersonation.
The prosecuting counsel, Kayode Dare who has filed and listed nine (9) witnesses in the suit and as at day, he has brought five before the court to give their evidence against the defendants in the suit, as it remains four (4) witnesses to be called to testify.
The witnesses so far called to testify before the court included; Ajidahun Emmanuel Jeminiyi, Olaiya Adeola, Abayomi Ojo, Ayileka Charles and Oluwaseyi Adeyanju.
According to the witnesses during the cross examination by lawyers to defendants, they insisted that the allegations levelled against the defendants were true and described the issue relating to alleged planting of placenta on the church’s altar as a ruse.
The defending counsels, Adelanke Akinrata and Emmanuel Emodamori during the cross examination, the witnesses were various questions, even as the Presiding Judge, Justice Adegbehingbe urged counsels to always concentrate on issues pertaining to the case.
The judge adjourned the matter till 8th of June, 2020 for further hearing.