The founder and senior pastor of Genesis Global Outreach, Prophet Israel Ogundipe who was convicted and sentenced to a two-year jail time has contributed to the release of about 82 awaiting trial inmates incarcerated unjustly at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
This was disclosed by the church’s Public Relations Officer, Gbolanhan Ashorobi, at an event to announce a partnership with the Monday Ubani Foundation.
The Nation reported that the partnership was aimed at releasing more people from the correctional facilities.
According to the prophet, his incarceration in Kirikiri Correctional Centre was an act of God, divinely arranged to assist in paying legal fees for awaiting trial inmates and getting lawyers to pursue their unlawful incarceration.
It was earlier reported that a United Kingdom (UK) based Nigerian woman, Olaide Williams-Oni, has accused Ogundipe of fraud and obtaining money from her under false pretense and nine years after the commencement of the case at an Ikeja High Court, the prophet was jailed for two years.
He was charged with seven counts of obtaining by stealing, including delivery of money by false pretense, unlawful conversion of property and forgery but five of the counts were quashed by the court for want of evidence, while he was found guilty of two counts by Justice Olabisi Akinlade.
However, Ogundipe’s kind gesture attracted the former second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani who disclosed that his firm and foundation would join hands with the prophet to ensure more people being held unjustly are freed.
Ubani said he particularly picked interest on the prophet because of testimonies of how he donates materials to inmates.
“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 said.