The Kaduna State Government has arraigned an Anglican Bishop of Zaria Diocese, Abiodun Ogunyemi, in court for saying that the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, will never be President of Nigeria, Daily Times gathered.
The bishop made the statement about El-Rufai not being president in November 2019 in response to the demolition of churches in Kaduna State.
He described any attempt by the governor to demolish shops or properties in Sabongari Market as evil, brutal and wicked and will be met with the wrath of God
“The whole of the Sabongari Market is our land acquired in the early 1900s with genuine C of O which we have submitted to the state government for recertification. Any attempt by el-Rufai to demolish any of our properties in that market will be a direct assault on the church in the whole of Nigeria.
“The governor should know that he will never be President of Nigeria. I speak prophetically as a servant of the living God,” the bishop said.
According to TheCable, Ogunyemi was arraigned before a chief magistrate’s court in Kaduna on criminal defamation, injurious falsehood, and criminal intimidation charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail.
A member of the Kaduna Synod and a canon of the Cathedral Church of St Michael, Kaduna, stood in as surety.
However, the Director of Public Prosecutions, who led the state legal team, told the court that there were ongoing consultations, which could lead to a peaceful resolution of the case.
The case was adjourned until October 28, 2020.