The overseer of Presence Redemption Ministries, Prophet David Babalola was on Friday arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly giving false information about his landlord to the police.
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He was charged by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of Lagos State Police Command, Panti-Yaba.
The Prophet whose church is located at 13, Folorunsho Street, Off Ajayi Road, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos, was alleged to have on November 4, 2015, gave false information against his landlord, one Joseph Agaga.
Police further alleged that the Prophet had falsely informed the police that his landlord wanted to forcefully take over where the church was sited from him, the allegation which led to the arrest and detention of his landlord.
However, the police upon conclusion of the investigation, discovered that the land belongs to the landlord, and consequently arrest the Prophet and charged him to court on conduct likely to cause breach of public peace.
The offence according to the prosecutors, Inspector Cousin Adams, is contrary to and punishable under section 95(C) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011/).
The one count charge against the Prophet reads: “that you Prophet David Babalola, on November 4, 2015, at 13, Folorunsho Street, off Ajayi Road, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos, did cause one Joseph Agaga ‘M’, to be charged with the offence of threat to your life and property, and conduct likely to cause breach of peace, knowing same to be false, which led to his arrest and detention, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 95(C), of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 201”.
The Prophet however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Lawyer to the Prophet, Mr. O. O. Quadri, told the court the his client is a man of God and should be granted bail.
He stated that the defendant will not evade trial nor tamper with the evidence of the matter if granted bail.
Ruling on the application, the trial Magistrate, Mrs. Hellen Omisore, granted bail to him in the sum of N200, 000. 00, with one surety.
The surety, according to the Magistrate, must be gainfully employed with Lagos state civil service, and with evidence of three tax payment to the Lagos State government, and to depose to an affidavit of means.