A cleric jailed for fraud and obtaining money under false pretences has, Prophet Israel Ogundipe, while serving his jail term, has assisted at least 82 persons incarcerated unjustly to regain freedom.
The Public Relations Officer of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Genesis Global Parish, Mr. Gbolanhan Ashorobi, disclosed this at an event announcing a partnership with the Monday Ubani Foundation.
Mr. Ashorobi said that some four months into his conviction and sentence to a two-year jail time, Prophet Ogundipe has already assisted 82 persons to the ‘long walk to freedom’.
Parts of his assistance include paying legal fees for inmates awaiting trail and giving those unlawful incarcerated access to lawyers.
Ogundipe was charged with seven counts of obtaining by stealing, obtaining money by false pretence, unlawful conversion of property and forgery.
Five of the seven counts, however, were quashed by the court for lack of evidence.
When contacted, Ogundipe described his incarceration in Kirikiri Correctional centre as an act of God which vas helped him to impact in peoples’ lives.
On his part, Monday Ubani Esq. assured that his foundation would join hands with the prophet to secure freedom for more people unjustly jailed.
The former Second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said:
“Of utmost excitement to me personally and our law firm is the issue of facilitating the release of some of the inmates that have been in detention awaiting trials for good number of years.
“For instance, the case of one Azeez Ibrahim, who regained his freedom recently at the instance of the prophet. “
“The man narrated how he wrongly served 10 years and six months at Kirikiri Correctional Centre for wrong identification.
“He regained freedom as a result of the intervention of the prophet.
“The number we gathered who have regained freedom so far through the effort of the prophet and his church has risen to about 82 inmates,” Ubani confirmed.
He lauded Ogundipe following testimonies from his beneficiaries and noted that the partnership will aim at releasing more people from correctional facilities.