Writer:Ayomide Owonibi Odekanyin—Lagos

Court activities were on Tuesday disrupted at the Ejigbo Magistrates’ court when a self-acclaimed prophet, Destiny Onwudinjo, who was facing criminal trial, suddenly jumped from the dock and ran out of the court.

The prosecutor, Mr Femi Adeleye, and some of the court officials ran after him and re-arrested him along the street.

Onwudinjo was arrested by the police at Shasha Division for brutalising a commercial motorcycle rider called Chika Izuogu for refusing to pay him N120,000 for deliverance prayer.

According to Izuogu, Onwudinjo told him that he had a revelation from God that he needed to embark on a seven-day deliverance prayer so that his condition would improve for the better.

Izuogu further alleged that Onwudinjo told him that the money he asked him to pay covered the fasting and other spiritual materials he would use for the deliverance.

The prophet also told Izuogu that he would receive a divine blessing from God as an unknown person would give him N3 million he would use to start a new life and become rich.

Izuogu however refused to pay the money and told Onwudinjo that he would do the fasting by himself because he had no such amount to give him.

This caused disagreement between them and in the process, Onwudinjo allegedly beat up Izuogu and injured him in the process.

Izuogu said he held him and raised an alarm which attracted neighbours who contacted the police that arrested him.

After investigation, Onwudinjo was charged to court with attempt to obtain money under false pretence and assault.

When he was re-arraigned, the Magistrate, Mr Peter. E. Nwaka, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri.

The court also directed the prosecutor to prepare another contempt charge against him for escaping from the court.

The matter was adjourned till 6 May, 2015.

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