A 39-year old petty trader has been arranged in court for allegedly striping naked in a church and urinating on the altar.
The petty trader identified as Mrs. Aderibigbe shocked worshippers at Firebrand Power Ministry, Lagos State, when she suddenly climbed the altar and urinated on it.
She was subsequently arraigned for her crime at the Yaba Magistrate court in Yaba, Lagos on charges of insult to religion and disorderly conduct.
The police prosecutor in charge of the case Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye informed the court that the offence was committed by the defendant on 8pm, May 13, at 49, Onabola St., Ladi-lak area of Bariga, Lagos.
Mr Francis Osibowale, the prosecutor and pastor in charge of the church said he had the woman’s 15 year old son arrested by the police for vandalising church property.
“My Lord, when Aderibigbe was told that the pastor had taken her son to the station, she took off her clothes inside the church building.
“She climbed the altar and began to urinate,” she said.
Osibowale reminded the court that the offence is in contravention of sections 124 and 168(2) of the the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If found guilty, the offence of insult to religion stipulates a three-year jail term while the offence of disorderly conduct will attract three months jail term, both with options of fine.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Oghere set bail for the defendant at N50,000 with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of three years tax payment to the government of Lagos State.
The case was adjourned to May 22, 2019 for hearing.
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