Drama in Ekiti court as mother tackles Pastors over son’s confinement
By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
The resumed hearing in a suit filed by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC against two Pastors; Olumide Peter and Jesulayomi Adetola of Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin took a dramatic turn yesterday.
The said drama ensued when upon the matter upon being called up for hearing, a Magistrate Court presided over by I. A Dasuki, the counsel to NSCDC, a lawyer, Kehinde Ajide while conducting an examination-in-chief on the principal witness in the matter, Mrs. Funmilayo David, who claimed to be a trader living at Iludun Oro town.
Mrs. Funmilayo, while giving her evidence before the court had claimed that the defendants were having illegal custody of her son, one Philip, whom she claimed had left home without the consent and approval of his both parents.
She told the court that she exchanged calls with her son regularly and that when he was to leave home finally, he would always drop a note for her in which his reasons for leaving home was stated.
The defence counsels; Lanre Badmus who was the lead counsel and his counterpart, Oyekanmi Isijoye under cross-examination asked how old was her son. But she flared up before the open court saying; “I am not dealing with issues about my son’s age, all I know is that the church took custody of my son without my consent and that of his father.”
It took the intervention of another lawyer, Ajide who told her to answer whatever she’s was asked and to decline questions she doesn’t have answers to.
Badmus, again asked how old her son Philip is and she answered, “22 years old.”
The counsel also asked whether she had attended the services at Evidence of Christ Church as to be able to know what their mode of worship had been but again, she responded in the affirmative.”
You will recall that the NSCDC had instituted litigation against Pastors; Olumide and Adetola of Evidence of the said church on charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, putting someone in a condition capable of causing harm and fear of injury in order to commit extortion, a matter that was stalled but JUSUN strike while it lasted.
After consultations by all parties, the matter was however adjourned till 26th July, 2021.