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Bayelsa 'Prophet' Dupes Victim Of N3m, Possesses Illegal Firearm

Joseph Godfrey, a 65-year-old self-proclaimed prophet, was on Tuesday dragged before the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa over a three-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms and collecting money under

false pretense.

Mr. Godfrey pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.

Mr. Godfrey, in the taking of plea, was accused of being in possession of a sawed-off double-barrel gun at the Kalakiri Compound in Edepie community of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State.

According to the charge, "That you, Joseph Godfrey, were, on the 13th of May, 2016, at Karakiri Compound in Edepie community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State, in possession of a local barrel gun which was cut to a dangerous size and in contravention of section 28 of the Firearms Act of the Federation.

“That on the same date and the same venue, you, Joseph Godfrey, were found in unlawful possession of five live cartridges.

“That between May and December, 2015, you obtained under false pretense the sum of N2.5 million from one Tubolayefagh. That under the claim that you are a prophet of God, you claimed that you will use your spiritual power and prayer to produce one Ikechukwu that absconded with books belonging to your victim."

After taking his plea of not guilty, the lead police prosecutor, F.O Ogiri, sought the order of the court to fix a date for trial and also to remand the accused in a federal prison.

The presiding judge, Justice H.A.Nganjiwa, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to December 1, 2016.

Federal High Court of LagosThe Punch