The post-conviction bail application filed by the Senior Shepherd-in-Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Genesis Global, Prophet Israel Ogundipe was rejected on Tuesday.
The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja presided by Justice Olabisi Akinlade had on November 18 sentenced the popular prophet to one-year imprisonment for converting a woman’s property to his personal use and stealing.
It was gathered that the court found Ogundipe guilty of stealing, forgery and unlawful conversion of the property of a London-based architect, Mrs Oladele Williams-Oni.
He was arraigned on seven counts bordering on obtaining by stealing, inducing delivery of money by false pretences, unlawful conversion of property and forgery.
Ogundipe was alleged to have fraudulently collected N14m and £12,000 in various percentages from the plaintiff between August 30, 2002 and 2005.
Justice Akinlade, who found Ogundipe guilty of the charges pronounced on him sentenced the prophet to one-year imprisonment on each count and ordered that he should pay the defendant the sum of N11m, obtained from her illegally.
Ogundipe, following the judgment, filed a motion on notice for bail awaiting appeal through his counsel, Olanrewaju Ajanaku.
In the bail motion, he sought the order of the court to approve the applicant to bail unconditionally pending the hearing and determination of the appeal.
In the 16-paragraph affidavit affirmed by his counsel, Ogundipe stressed that being diabetic; he could not follow a strict diet and constant specialised medical attention in the custodial centre, which had imposed on his health.
He explained further that before his detention, he was suffering from hypertension, peptic ulcer and unending malaria, which had worsen his health challenges since his conviction.
The prosecutor, Rotimi Odutola, in a counter-affidavit, urged the court to reject the application, stating that the convict never made mention of his health status during trial.
He said, “The convict spanned several years before the court for trial, there was never a time the convict complained about his state of health during trial, only for him to allude to facts about his alleged state of health now that he has being in custody for barely three weeks.
“Indeed, if his health status truly requires treatment, the correctional centres also have a procedure for referral where an inmate’s health case so demands without the prompting of anyone.”
However, Justice Akinlade in his judgment held that the convict did not submit any medical records that could persuade the court to grant his application, stating that the Court of Appeal Practice Direction, 2013 provided for a quick hearing of criminal matters.
“The convict has not shown any medical records of his illness. Also, he has not been to the prison hospital for treatment, so his appeal can be heard early by the Court of Appeal,” he added.