A 46-year-old pastor, Joseph Afolayan, who was arrested for fraud has attempted to take his life by hanging in a police cell.
Shame: Detained Pastor Attempts Suicide In Police Cell
According to Punch, Afolayan, a pastor with Freed Zone Church in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, was arrested alongside his female friend, Bimbo Olanrewaju for defrauding one Mathew Odeleye of N450,000 under the pretext of needing money to clear some goods he was expecting from Canada.
But after collecting the money, Afolayan, reportedly fled, prompting Mathew to report the case to the police. Efforts by the police to arrest Afolayan initially proved futile. But the police later arrested Olarenwaju and asked her to call the pastor and tell him to come collect N150,000 needed to complete the money to clear the goods. The pastor went to collect the money and was arrested by the police, and detained.
According to the newspaper, the pastor tried to kill himself in the police cell because of the shame that the alleged act brought to him. He was arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Osogbo immediately after the failed suicide attempt.
Afolayan was charged with stealing, obtaining money under false pretence and attempted suicide, while Olanrewaju was charged with stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
The charges read in part,
“That you, Bimbo Olanrewaju and Joseph Afolayan, sometime in May 2015, on Mabinu Street, in the Jaye area of Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony, to wit; obtaining money under false pretence.
“That you did steal the sum of N450,000, property of one Mathew Odeleye, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
“That you, Joseph Afolayan, on January 18, 2017, at about 9am, in the custody of the Oke Odo Police Division, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did attempt to commit suicide by using your shirt to tighten your neck in the cell, in other to take your life, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 327 of the Criminal Code 34, Vol. II, Law of Osun State of Nigeria.”
The two accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them, and they were granted bail of N100,000 each and the case was adjourned till February 20.