An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Monday remanded the founder of “I Reign Christian Ministry”, Bishop Daniel Oluwafeyiropo for allegedly raping two of his church members (names withheld).
Justice Ramon Oshodi remanded Bishop Oluwafeyiropo in Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.
Oshodi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.
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He said one of the sureties must be an owner of a built-up property in Lagos State and the property must be enough to cover the bail sum.
“The original document of the landed property must be submitted to the chief registrar of Lagos State.
“The sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must have three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State,” he said.
The judge also ordered the defendant to deposit his international passport with the chief registrar of the court and ordered an accelerated hearing of the case.
Oshodi adjourned the case until May 9 for trial.
Bishop Feyi was arraigned before the court on a two-count charge bordering on rape.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the prosecution, led by Babajide Boye, Bishop Feyi committed the offences sometime in June 2020 in Ikota Villa Estate, Lekki, Lagos.
According to the prosecution, the alleged offence contravened Sections 260 (2) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015
The defence counsel, Mr Olukunle Oyewole, moving a bail application dated April 10 on behalf of the defendant, urged the court to grant bail to him on liberal terms.
Oyewole argued that the defendant had been on police administrative bail since May 20, 2022 and made himself available.
But the state prosecution, Babjide Boye, in his counter affidavit dated April 14, urged the court to refuse the bail application of the defendant.
Boye argued that the offences were serious and the likelihood of conviction might put the defendant on flight risk.