The Nigeria Police on Monday arraigned 25-year-old Pastor Tommy Issachar over an alleged stealing of a married woman's underwear and N10,000 cash. The woman, Mrs Gift Bassey, is a member of the same church with him.
"The accused, a pastor of All Nations Evangelical Church in Oshodi, Lagos, was invited to a programme at the headquarters of the church which was the complainant's church.
"The complainant and her husband accommodated him (Pastor Issachar) in their house for three nights to conduct a special prayer session related to her husband's business...
The prosecutor Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde said, adding that after the pastor had left, the woman discovered that two of her pants (her only black and white pants), one black brassier and the sum of N10,000 were missing.
"In the process of finding, it was discovered that the said underwear were taken by the accused without the complainant's consent. At first, the accused (Pastor Issachar) denied taking the underwears but later confessed that he actually took them.
"He claimed that he wanted to use them to pray for her, but denied taking the money."
Cpl. Olatunde said that after the underwear was recovered from Pastor Issachar he had been sending series of threat text messages to the woman. "The accused always send her text messages, threatening to eliminate her on or before August ending," he added.
The offence was committed on April 12 at Mafoluku, Oshodi and contravened Sections 166 and 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Pastor Issachar, who resides at 35, Mafoluku St., Oshodi, appeared before an Oshodi Magistrates' Court on a two-count charge of breach of public peace and stealing. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Section 285 provides that if convicted of stealing, Pastor Issachar is liable to three years imprisonment. The magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, granted him bail and adjourned the case till May 8 for trial.
I wonder why some Pastor's do these crazy things these days!