Paul Oyewole, an Ondo-based pastor, has been arrested for allegedly faking his death in order to avoid repaying a N3 million debt owed to a church member.
The 43-year-old clergyman was accused of printing and posting his own obituary on WhatsApp, a popular social media platform.
Oyewole was charged on Wednesday at the Chief Magistrate Court in Ondo Town with obtaining N3 million (N3,000,000) fraudulently from one Boyede Emmanuel with the promise to repay the money within seven days.
According to Police Prosecutor, Akao Moremi, the defendant failed to fulfill the promise and instead published his obituary on WhatsApp after he had sent a fake bank alert.
Oyewole pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The pastor was also said to have “threatened the complainant on phone, with the intent to intimidate him and also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, by stripping himself naked in front of the house of the complainant.”
He was granted N1 million bail with two sureties in like sum.