Shocking: Pastor sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for stealing goat, turkeys


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An Osun state Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo on Thursday December 12, sentenced Solomon Opaalade, pastor of a Cherubim and Seraphim Church, to eighteen months imprisonment for stealing a goat and turkeys.

Adekunle Adeniyi, principal state counsel from the state ministry of justice, disclosed that the pastor stole nine turkeys valued at N270,000 and a goat valued at N18,000 belonging to one Oluwasegun Hammed.

The Herald gathered that Adeniyi, however, presented two turkeys and charms recovered from Opaalade as well as a statement written by the defendant in the court.

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Magistrate Adijat Oloyade, however, found Opaalade guilty of three of the five counts and subsequently sentenced him to 18 months’ imprisonment on each of them or an option of paying N10,000 fine for each of the counts.

Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the 42-year-old founder of Divine Mount Zion Gospel Ministry, Pastor Femi Olorunsoromidayo reportedly died while conducting the funeral service of one of his members.

The church founder who was conducting the burial ceremony of 78-year-old Samuel Rotimi at Erusu in Akoko North West Local Government was said to have gone against the wish of the deceased that gave the instruction of being buried at his residence in Akure as against his home town in Erusu-Akoko. He reportedly went on with the funeral service with the support of his member’s immediate family.

”Since the late pastor including his immediate family had limited authority over the burial plan, he arranged for an ambulance, which took the corpse to Erusu Akoko, alongside his family members and some church members.

“While the pastor was conducting the burial service at the cemetery, he started feeling uncomfortable after which he became unconscious before he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Akoko area, where he was confirmed dead,” an eyewitness said.

The sad incident which played out during the funeral service, created pandemonium in the community as eyewitnesses further disclosed that the ambulance used to convey the remains of the late church member to his home town in Erusu for burial, was also used to convey the corpse of the pastor back to Akure.

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