The Lagos state government yesterday
arraigned the general Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa,
Bishop Samson Benjamin popularly known as “Jehovah Sharp Sharp” before igbosere magistrate court for violating the restriction orders handed down by the president
The cleric was arrested in front of Chinese
Embassy in Lagos in protest against the continuous maltreatment of Nigerians in
China where he was alleged to have violated the lockdown orders handed down by the president as against the spread of Coronavirus that is said to have killed millions all over the world
and still counting.
The presiding bishop of resurrection
praise ministry of Africa was arraigned alongside jerry Abel and Samson
Mustapha on a three-count charge of violating the restriction orders and
conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.
Bishop Samson Mustapha had accused the Chinese
of operating freely in Nigeria even though COVID-19 started in their country
but chose to mistreat Nigerians and other black’s inhabitants in China.
The said video was said to have found
it’s way to the Lagos state police command where prompt action was said to have
initiated against the cleric.
The defendants were thereafter taken to
the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Panti, Yaba Lagos.
A Director in the Lagos state
Directorate of Public Prosecution, Dr Jide Martins told the court that the
defendants had on April 21, led a protest to the Chinese Embassy located at No.
161A, Idejo St., Victoria Island Lagos.
Martins said the defendants’ actions contravened the COVID-19 Regulation and are
punishable under Section 5 Quarantine Act and Section 122 of the Criminal Law
of Lagos, 2015.
“The defendant’s conduct was also likely
to cause a breach of the peace which violates Section 168 of the Criminal Law of
Lagos 2015,” he said
Magistrate Yewande Oshin however granted
Abel and Mustapha bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in
like sum, while Bishop Benjamin was granted N1 million bail with two sureties
in like sum.
Mrs Oshin ordered that one of the
sureties must be a cleric of a church with a minimum of three branches.
Case Adjourned Until May 5, 2020, for Further hearing.