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Appeal Court Grants Genesis Prophet, Ogundipe Bail After Claims Of Treating Diabetes, Hypertension, Peptic Ulcer

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has granted the post-conviction bail software filed by the Senior Shepherd-in-Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Genesis Global, Prophet Israel Ogundipe.

Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos State High Court had on November 18, 2020 sentenced the favored prophet to one-year imprisonment for changing a lady’s property to his private use and stealing.

The courtroom discovered Ogundipe responsible of stealing and illegal conversion of the property of a London-based architect, Mrs Oladele Williams-Oni.

Ogundipe, who was arraigned on seven counts bordering on acquiring by stealing, inducing supply of cash by false pretences, illegal conversion of property and forgery, fraudulently collected N14 million and £12,000 in numerous tranches from the complainant between August 30, 2002, and 2005.

Justice Akinlade, who discovered Ogundipe responsible on two counts of stealing and illegal conversion of property not delivered, sentenced him to one-year imprisonment on every depend and ordered that he ought to pay the complainant the sum of N11 million, which he obtained from her illegally.

After the judgement, Ogundipe by way of his counsel, Babatunde Ok. Ogala (SAN) approached the appellate courtroom for bail pending enchantment and an software to quash the conviction.

Ogala argued that the televangelist was diabetic, and will now not observe a strict food regimen. 

He additionally argued that the fixed specialised medical consideration in custody, which had taken a toll on his well being made him “gaunt in appearance.”

He acknowledged, amongst others, that previous to his incarceration, Ogundipe was affected by hypertension, peptic ulcer and frequent malaria which had worsened his well being challenges since his November 18 conviction.

Delivering the lead ruling Justice Abudullhai Muhammed Bayero held: “There are standards for granting a convict bail. These embrace that the applicant have to be a first-time offender or having severe well being situations.

“The applicant in search of bail pending enchantment earlier than the courtroom is a first-time offender and he has additionally proven to courtroom that he’s having hypertension, peptic ulcer, never-ending malaria and diabetic, that are severe well being situations.

“He is consequently admitted to bail within the sum of N2 million with two surties in like sum. The surties will need to have landed property on Lagos Island with authentic Certificates of Occupancy from the Lagos State Government.

“The sureties are to deposit these documents along with their passport photographs with the Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal.”

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