A resident of Aboru area of Iyana-Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, Gbadamosi, is being tried for breach of peace, assault and threat to life.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, the accused committed the offences on Sept. 4 at his residence. He said the accused with others still at large conspired and assaulted Pastor Emmanuel Ugbo by beating him, destroying church property and threatening to pour acid on him.
“The accused and his accomplices beat up the complainant and damaged four chairs valued at N4,000 and mixer valued at N35,000 being church property.
“The accused and others also threatened to bathe him with acid if he refused to stop converting his `clients’ to his church.”
Nwosu said the accused stormed the complainant’s church with hoodlums armed with different types of dangerous weapons and attacked the complainant.
“The complainant was in the fellowship with his members when the accused stormed the church with hoodlums carrying iron rods, sticks and other dangerous weapons.
“The accused obstructed the complainant from performing his duty as a pastor by chasing away all his members before descending on him,” he told the court.
The offences, Nwosu said, contravened Sections 56, 166, 170 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused may be sentenced to a minimum of three years imprisonment on conviction, according to the Criminal Law.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Adesanya, adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for mention.