Absurd: Pastor Fakes Death, Publishes Own Obituary To Avoid Paying N3m Borrowed from Church Member

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A Nigerian pastor based in Ondo state, Paul Oyewole, allegedly faked his own death and published his obituary in a desperate bid to avoid paying N3m he borrowed from a member of his church, Boyede Emmanuel.

Pastor Oyewole who has been dragged to the magistrate’s court in Ondo town was said to have posted his obituary on a social media platform after he sent a fake bank alert to his creditor, Emmanuel, The Nation reported.

DECENCY GLOBAL NEWS gathered that the pastor posted his obituary on WhatsApp after he had sent a fake alert to an account, knowing fully that he did not have such an amount in his bank account.

Paul Oyewole’s offence
Oyewole was arraigned for fraudulently obtaining the money under the pretence to pay back the money within seven days.

The pastor also allegedly threatened Emmanuel, saying he will strip himself naked in front of the complainant’s house.

He reportedly committed the offence between November 2021 and May 2022

Paul Oyewole: Pastor pleads not guilty

Appearing in court, Pastor Oyewole, 43, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him even as police prosecutor Sergeant Akao Moremi said he would call four witnesses to testify in the case.

His lawyer, Queen Arokoyo, subsequently applied for bail on liberal terms, The Punch reported.

The presiding magistrate, Mosunmola Ikujuni, granted the defendant bail to the sum of N1m with two credible sureties each in like sum. She adjourned the case to February 13 for a hearing.

Nigerians react
Matilda Uko said on Facebook:

“Some folks joke too much, why obituary of all things?”
Folashade Adunni said:

“I can’t understand why many people that are not fit to stand in a single family as head posting to be a head of a full congregation talkless being a man of God.