… Basis of companions to assist individuals unjustly imprisoned
By Chiamaka Ozulumba
Though he discovered himself behind bars after being convicted and sentenced to 2 years in jail 4 months in the past, Prophet Israel Ogundipe of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Genesis World Parish, has helped 82 individuals unjustly imprisoned to regain freedom.
His philanthropic gesture was made public through the church’s partnership with the Monday Ubani Basis to free extra individuals deserted in prisons throughout the nation with out trial or proof of the crime they allegedly dedicated.
This was corroborated by the church’s public relations officer (PRO), Gbolanhan Ashorobi, throughout an occasion to announce a partnership with the Monday Ubani Basis.
Ogundipe was jailed by an Ikeja Excessive Courtroom 9 years after the fraud and false pretense case was introduced towards him by a Nigerian lady primarily based in the UK (UK), Olaide Williams-Oni.
He was charged with seven counts of acquiring by theft, together with handing over cash in pretense, unlawful conversion of property and forgery, however 5 of the counts have been quashed by the court docket of misconduct. proof, whereas he was convicted of two counts by the decide. Olabisi Akinlade.
Regardless of his incarceration in Kirikiri Correctional Middle, the Prophet is set to see it as an act of God and has since gained souls for Christ by ministrations, serving to to pay authorized charges to attend for inmates who couldn’t. affording it and getting legal professionals to sue. unlawful incarceration and abandonment of others within the institution.
It was these philanthropic gestures that caught the eye of former Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) second vice chairman Monday Ubani, who stated his firm and basis would be part of the Prophet in bringing extra unjustly detained individuals be launched.
Ubani stated he was notably within the Prophet due to testimonies of how he gave toiletries and meals to inmates, that are true examples of Christianity represented by love for God and l ‘humanity.
“The difficulty of facilitating the discharge of a number of the detainees who’ve been in custody awaiting trial for numerous years is of the best pleasure to me and to our regulation agency. For instance, the case of an Azeez Ibrahim, who lately regained his freedom on the request of the prophet.
“The person stated he had wrongly served 10 years and 6 months within the Kirikiri Correctional Middle for misidentification. He regained his freedom due to the intervention of the person of God.
“The quantity we’ve got gathered who’ve been freed to this point by the efforts of the Prophet and his church has grown to about 82 inmates.”
Regardless of feeling like he had been the sufferer of a miscarriage of justice, Ubani stated that Ogundipe later realized that, like many nice prophets and well-known world leaders who had been jailed for varied offenses previously, he (Ogundipe) was not exempt from prosecution, including “who is aware of if he was despatched to jail for divine account and for divine objective?”
“This is the reason we applaud his zeal to realize justice for these wrongfully incarcerated by eradicating them from the correctional middle utilizing the court docket course of.
“He spends a lot of his time interceding with varied inmates and educating them the phrase of God, listening to their varied tales and the trials that introduced them to federal correctional amenities, and counseling them on their preparation. to life exterior of jail.
“It’s turning into more and more clear to the Prophet the first motive Almighty God ordered his journey to the correctional facility.
“After being emotionally touched by the tales and the varied trials of those inmates, the Prophet, in accordance with him, started to care for the households of those inmates, paying their kids’s faculty charges, paying them allowances. meals, by paying authorized charges. for these awaiting trial, and so on. an act of philanthropy for which the prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe was well-known earlier than his unlucky incarceration.
“This led him to contact by his collaborators and representatives of the regulation agency Ubani and Co., expressing his want to group up with our regulation agency with a view to give full authorized representations to numerous inmates together with the tales and trials are fairly convincing each at trial and in appellate courts.
“We have been enthusiastic about understanding this nice Apostle of God and we want to associate with him in securing the lives of these wasted in jail by our imperfect administration of the felony justice system.
“We’ve got expressed our willingness to associate with him on the finish of the phrases and we open them to Nigerians, vital people or organizations to affix on this noble reason for serving to to realize justice for many who languishing in varied correctional facilities throughout the nation. . We should try to save lots of our brothers and sisters who’re victims of our defective system.
“Please be aware that that is in step with Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe’s intention to determine his jail basis, which might be known as Israel Oladele Jail Basis, which is able to work partially along side the Onyekachi Ubani Basis to assist the much less privileged who’re denied justice. due to our biased administration of the felony justice system.
“These two foundations, with their mission and core worth, will deal with combating social vices, counseling, youth empowerment and authorized illustration of the indigent in want of authorized companies, particularly these from correctional facilities in throughout the nation awaiting trials that by no means happen, “he stated.
The well-known lawyer described the occasions main as much as Ogundipe’s conviction and conviction as unhappy, including that he was joyful that the trial court docket’s judgment was being appealed by a really skilled lawyer. and educated primarily based in Lagos.
“We’re satisfied that justice might be served on the appellate court docket. There are clearly gaping gaps in the entire story main as much as his trial and conviction. We’re involved that Alagbon’s police exoneration report, which was the final to research the entire incident, was by no means thought-about by the trial court docket.
“As beforehand said, these and plenty of others might be strengthened in the end. We are going to chorus from getting into into the info of the case, because the matter is at the moment beneath dialogue. We’re dedicated to reviewing the legality of the trial and conviction each time the enchantment choices are exhausted.
Concerning his conviction and conviction, Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe strongly disagrees and appealed towards his conviction, difficult the discovering and place of the trial court docket, and he’s perplexed as to how a case that had been reported to the police on a loss of life risk all of a sudden became a case of theft and acquiring cash by false pretenses resulting in his conviction and conviction, a basic query which he raised in his enchantment.
“Nevertheless, out of respect for the judicial course of and the truth that his enchantment continues to be pending earlier than the Honorable Courtroom of Attraction, we are going to depart the small print of his ordeal, trial and conviction in the interim at a later date. the place his enchantment should have been determined in his favor or in any other case. “