Court sentences pastors to prison over fraud

A magistrate court in Enugu has convicted and sentenced  the General Overseer of Christian Charismatic Movement, Enugu, Sabinus Onuigbo, to seven years imprisonment for forgery.

Magistrate J.O Umuzulike read the judgment on Thursday following the prosecution of Onuigbo alongside three other pastors, Tony Chukwu, Chukwuma Orji Victor and Nick Nwoye.

The three others were sentenced to three years with an option of N20,000 fine.

The judge said the evidence before the court showed that the prosecution proved the allegation of forgery beyond reasonable doubts.

The signature of a pastor, Sunny Ndolo, who resigned from the church since 2011, was forged by Onuigbo and his accomplices in the minutes of the church’s meeting held on July 14, 2014, as brought to the court by the complainant, Innocent Ngwu.

The judge said, “The sole issue for determination was the forgery of Rev. Sunny Ndolo’s signature. The defence did not debunk or contradict it all through their defence.

“As Lord Denning would say, you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand. The prosecution proved their case beyond reasonable doubt.

“But facts before the court found four of the accused guilty while the fifth accused was not a party to the allegations.”

'We won't disclose outcome of our investigations against Senator Elisha Abbo' - Nigerian senate

The Nigerian Senate has said it cannot make public the outcome of its committee that investigated the Adamawa lawmaker, Elisha Abbo, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.

According to Premium Times, the Senate spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, said this while speaking with journalists after plenary on Thursday.

He said, “I know vividly when that issue was brought to the plenary under matters of urgent importance, a senator raised an observation saying this issue is in a court of law. It’s not an issue we should disturb ourselves over.

“Please, I want to speak like a lawmaker. Once an issue is in a court of law, there is a limit for us to discuss it in the plenary.”

While Akwashiki rationalised the Senate’s delay in debating the report, section 88 of the Constitution, which empowers the National Assembly to investigate allegations of misconduct against members, gives no such restriction.

An investigation by the legislative arm, the section states, could be over the conduct of any “person, authority, or government body that has the duty of executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly.”

Although such investigations cannot be aimed to punish, the section states that it shall only be either to “make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws” or “expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence”.

Post a Comment

Comment here

Previous Post Next Post