A Senior Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, Wednesday remanded a former pastor with the Christ Embassy Church, Jones Nweze, at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, for allegedly assaulting his colleague.
The Senior Magistrate in Isheri, Mrs. Adejumoke Olagbegi-Adelakun, ordered the accused to be remanded following his re-arraignment and the violation of a court order.
The police had arraigned Nweze on August 7, 2013 for attempting to attack, with a machete, some members of the church during service. The court had ordered the accused to stay away from the church after he was granted bail in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties in like sum.
Nweze was re-arraigned for allegedly assaulting his successor, Pastor Nike Akinola.
Nweze, 52, who lives at No. 24, Ajilogo Street, Ketu, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of breach of the peace and assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Nurudeen Thomas, said the accused committed the offences on February 28, at the church premises located at number 35, Aina Street, Ojodu, Lagos, at about 5:00 p.m.
Thomas said the accused assaulted Akinola by pulling her hair and clothes.
He said the offences contravened Sections 249 and 168 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 249 recommends one-year imprisonment for convicted offenders.