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Pastor Jailed For Failing To Produce Defendant

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Oct 19, 2012 – Pastor Jailed For Failing To Produce Defendant

An Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria has sentenced a pastor to six months imprisonment for failing to produce a defendant for whom he stood as surety.

The Magistrate, Mr T O Shomade, also ordered that Mr Anayo Ugwuma, the pastor, should forfeit a bail bond of N50, 000 he entered.

The magistrate directed that the money be paid into an interest yielding account to be specified by the court’s chief registrar.

Shomade held that the surety should serve the jail sentence while the bail bond was being liquidated.

The pastor was charged with failing to produce in court, a defendant, Charles Nwaeze, for whom he stood as surety on April 11.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Friday Eze, told the court that Nwaeze, an electrician, was charged with maliciously damaging a building of one Mr Luke Ukekwue.

He said that the electrician, a resident of 46 Ojo- Igbede Road in Ojo, damaged the property worth N50, 000 in contravention of Section 337 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

The prosecutor said that the electrician pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Eze said that the surety, Ugwuma, had entered a N50,000 bail bond.

He said that when the case came up for mention on Sept. 12, both the surety and the electrician were absent in court.

The prosecutor said that the court then issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the surety.

Eze said that the surety claimed that the electrician travelled without his knowledge and that he could not come to the court without him.

He said that nothing had been heard from the electrician till date and that he switched off all his telephone lines.

The prosecutor said that failure of a surety to produce a defendant in court contravened Section 132 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Lagos State. (pmreports)

Is this verdict too harsh?



  1. Prince Precious

    October 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    He should have been given some respect as a pastor

  2. Ikechukwu asogwa

    October 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM


  3. Jimi Falade

    October 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Quite unfortunate, but that says the law..

  4. Chuks ibe

    October 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Well,he shd hv knwn hm wel b4 engagn hmself.2 bad u knw

  5. Adesola Kudirat Saromi

    October 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Na wa ooo.

  6. Jeff T Gab

    October 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Law law law 4 those that dn’t hav wealth the poor pastor take hrt that s the role God place u on. Niger 4 u.

  7. Glory E Ogbonna

    October 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    quite unfortunate

  8. Love

    October 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    God is taking him to prison for a purpose.

    The bible says ALL THINGS are working for our good

    There are souls in the prison that God is sending pastor to go and save right from inside.

    I have been unjustifiably sent into prison in a foreign land before for 24hours without breaking any law for whatever reason, but on getting to prison, I preached to inmates by cooperation of prison officials, and great Revival broke out. Many we’re released from prision supernaturally and cases treated faster than before and many things came to pass as exactly as I decreed and declared them

    Let pastor go and do the work of God there. He won’t die and before you know it 6months will be over.

    He should forgive the runaway electrician because he was destined to be a part of this assignment like Judas.

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