Gabriel Ajeaga, a senior pastor of the Light City Church, Egan branch, has on Friday, August 3, 2018, been arraigned before an Ejigbo Magistrate Court in Lagos for allegedly attempting to murder the leader of the church after he was sacked.
Ajeaga was sacked for allegedly sleeping with female members of his congregation.
Narrating how the murder attempt occurred, the head of the church, Pastor (Mrs.) Goodness Onyebuchi, told the court that her decision to sack Pastor Ajeaga from the church was based on several allegations, complaints, and confessions by some female members of the church.
Onyebuchi said that she had to take the decision to save the church and the members from further embarrassment and sexual harassment as she had received several complaints and confessions from members.
“Pastor Gabriel Ajeaga got angry after he was sacked. In rage, he took a knife and headed to the pulpit to attack me and other members during a church service.
“However, he was prevented from doing so and the knife was recovered from him. He was then handed over to the police at Igando Division for his unruly conduct,” she said.
But the Edo-born Ajeaga denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty saying that “the allegations are mere lies cooked up to deliberately remove me from the church I built.”
The Presiding Magistrate, Mr. L.K.J. Layeni, granted the defendant bail.
However, a mild drama ensued when the defendant’s wife, who was said to hold the believe that her husband had been unfaithful in their marriage, asked the court to remand him in prison instead.
But, the prosecutor, Mr. G. Simon, did not oppose the motion for bail as requested by the defendant.
The matter was adjourned till August 16, 2018, for the continuation of the cross examination of the prosecution witness by the defendant.
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