By Onozure Dania A Lagos magistrate’s court sitting in Igbosere, on Wednesday, granted N1 million bail to a clergyman and General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa, popularly known as Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin over violation of lockdown order by president Muhammad Buhari to curtail the spread of Corona Virus pandemic.
Benjamin was docked alongside two others Jerry Abel and Johnson Benjamin, before, Chief Magistrate Mrs Yewande Oshin. The other defendants were also granted bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. They are facing a three count charge of failure to stay at home, violation of lock down order and conduct likely to cause breach of peace, preferred against them by the Lagos state government. The cleric was arrested by the police yesterday and detained at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba. The Lagos state prosecutor Dr Jide Martins, told the court that the defendants and others at large committed the offences on April 21, 2020, at about 4:30pm. He said that the offence took place at Chinese Embassy, 161A, Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.