Ex-MFM Church Singer Ayotunde Richards Stays In Lagos Prison Due To Registrar’s Absence Despite Being Granted Bail – Sources


Ayotunde Richards, a gospel singer and former member of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), has spent 35 days in prison after being granted bail by the High Court of Lagos State in Onikan.

Ayotunde was arrested and detained at Ikoyi Prison on June 6 over an alleged conspiracy to commit a felony and cyberstalking.

Ayotunde who was the leader of backup singers of the church founder, Dr D. K. Olukoya had earlier been arrested and detained over alleged cyberbullying and libel against Olukoya.

His arrest and detention on June 6 came less than three weeks after he regained freedom from Ikoyi Prison where he was remanded in the libel case.

Regarding his current predicament, a high court sitting in Onikan, Lagos ordered that Ayotunde should be remanded over a two-count charge.

The suit was filed by one Opeyemi Emmanuel, who accused Ayotunde of conspiracy to commit felony and cyberstalking.

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However, the court granted Ayotunde bail on June 13 after his lawyer, Adeshina Ogunlana moved for his bail application.

Ayotunde’s release remains delayed as his bail perfection is stalled, 35 days on, due to the prolonged absence of the Deputy Chief Registrar, who has been unavailable for three weeks, hindering the necessary verification of his sureties, sources told Saha KOKO TV NG.

“The Deputy Chief Registrar has not been around for three weeks to interview the sureties, and that is why Ayotunde cannot go home yet,” one of the sources said.

His previous arrest and detention were over a petition from Davidson Adejuwon, a lawyer and reportedly an aide to the church founder, Olukoya.

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In his ruling in April, Ambrose Allagoa, the presiding judge, said the charges against Ayotunde were bailable.

KOKO TV NG had reported how Ayotunde was arrested over a petition from Davidson Adejuwon.

Davidson filed the petition as counsel for one Mrs Sanni, an aide to Olukoya reportedly saddled with the cleric’s social media concerns.

In the petition, the lawyer accused Ayotunde of sundry acts of cyberbullying and making libellous claims against Olukoya.

Ayotunde had also filed a suit against Olukoya over an alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.


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