Celestial Pastor Genesis is diabetic – Lawyer


Babatunde Oganla, lawyer to jailed Celestial Church pastor, Israel Ogundipe, has said that the cleric is diabetic.

It is part of the reasons he advanced in the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos that granted him post-conviction bail.

Ogala argued the televangelist was diabetic, could no longer follow a strict diet and the constant specialised medical attention in custody, which had taken a toll on his health made him “gaunt in appearance.”

As ‘The Nation’ reports, a three-man panel of the court granted Ogundipe bail on the ground of his “serious health conditions.”

The justices held the bail subsists pending the determination of Ogundipe’s appeal challenging his two-year jail term for defrauding a United Kingdom-based woman of N11 million.

A Lagos State High Court convicted and sentenced the televangelist last November, of defrauding Mrs. Olaide Williams-Oni, following a trial that began in 2011.

Justice Olabisi Akinlade found the clergyman guilty of two of the seven counts of obtaining by stealing, inducing delivery of money by false pretences, unlawful conversion of property and forgery.

She dismissed the remaining five for lack of evidence.

Akinlade ordered Ogundipe to pay the complainant N11m, which he illegally obtained from her.


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