BY TOPE FAYEHUN, Akure
For lying and publishing false allegations against a church, the Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, on Thursday, sentenced a clergyman, Pastor John Abiodun to two years imprisonment.
Pastor Abiodun was jailed for publishing false information against the founder of the Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi, that seven baby placentas were planted on the church’s altar.
The trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe held that Abiodun was found guilty of committing perjury which is punishable under section 118 of the Criminal code, laws of Ondo state.
The Court, however, acquitted Prof. Lanre Olu-Adeyemi from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko of allegations of aiding Abiodun publication, Impersonation, and conspiracy.
Delivering over three hours of judgment, the Judge further ruled that Pastor Abiodun John was guilty of count 5 of the case for contradicting himself while giving evidence in the allegation against him.
The judge said those evidence included using different c, church WhatsApp platforms, and other social media to malign, carry out false publication and wrongly alleged the founder of the Promiseland Prophetic Ministry located at opposite Shasha Market on Akure/Owo expressway, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi, and some elders of the church of planting baby placentas on the church’s altar and some fetish objects.
The judge said although Pastor Abiodun was guilty of fourteen imprisonment but tempered justice with mercy by jailing him for two years due to aged parents and children.
Pastor John Abiodun faced eight Count charge of conspiracy, publication of false news, Perjury, Im, personation, and threatening violence amongst other charges, but only found guilty of perjury, while Prof Lanre Olu-Adeyemi who stood trial on five (5) count charges of conspiracy, the publication of false news, aiding publication of false news and aiding impersonation was discharged and acquitted of all the charges.