50-year-old Pastor Arraigned For Defiling Minors

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A 50-year-old man identified as Pastor Emmanuel Mathew has appeared before an Abuja High Court for allegedly defiling three pupils in a primary school at Mpape, Abuja.

Mathew, who is the pastor and General Overseer of The Choice Bible Church, Mpape, and proprietor of the said school, was arraigned on a five-count charge.

According to Prosecutor, DSP Stanley Nwodo, the accused defiled two seven-year-old and a nine-year-old pupils on different occasions in his school.

Nwodo said the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code, which attracts 14 years imprisonment, an option of fine or both.

Mathew however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum.

He also ordered that the surety must be resident within the FCT and must produce proof of ownership of a landed property.

He adjourned the case till January 21, 2014, for hearing.

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