Pastor Arraigned Over Death Of Church Member During Spiritual Bath

A 25-year-old pastor, Samson Bamgbose, was,
yesterday, arraigned before an Abeokuta Chief
Magistrate Court, Isabo, Ogun State for allegedly
causing the death of a church member, who
drowned during a spiritual bath.
Bamgbose, a pastor at the Celestial Church of Christ,
Alaapa, is facing a one-count charge of negligence.
The police prosecutor, Mr Paul Etusi, told the court that
the offence was committed on August 15 at 3p.m. in
Ogun River, Alaapa village, Abeokuta.
He said the accused took some church members,
including the deceased, Toheeb Odusanya,13, to the river
for spiritual bath.
“Bamgbose took the little boy to the river without his
parent’s consent. He did not take the necessary
precaution, and allowed the boy to drown,” the
prosecutor said.
Etusi said the offence contravened section 344 of the
Criminal Code of Ogun, 2006.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate, Mr Anthony Araba, granted the accused
bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum
and adjourned the case till October 2.

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