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 mohammadu Buhari
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.