Police arrest pastor over hate speech


Police arrest pastor over hate speech
The police in Lagos have arrested a 35-year-old pastor, Chris Mordi, of the Miracle of Fires Ministry, Langbasa, Ajah, Lagos state for allegedly propagating hate speech.
Edgal Imohimi, commissioner of police in the state, disclosed this to reporters, saying the suspect was arrested on May 5 at Ado Road, Langbasa area of Ajah.
Edgal said the pastor was arrested allegedly while in possession of an inciting publication titled: “Beware of Catholic Women Organisation and Knights of the Catholic for they are occultic”.
He said the pastor had invited his church members for a programme where he was to make a public pronouncement on the issue before the publications were intercepted on May 5.
“This is a case of insult to religion and propagation of hate speech which contravenes sections 124 and 168 of the criminal laws of Lagos state 2015,” he said.
“This should be a lesson to be imbibed by all religious leaders. We must encourage and preach religious tolerance.”
He said the clergyman would be charged to court for alleged hate speech and religious intolerance.
Meanwhile, 10 traffic robbers who specialise in dispossessing motorists of their valuables at Charity Bus-Stop, Oshodi, were also rounded up by policemen and presented to newsmen.
According to the commissioner, the hoodlums were traced to their hideouts where they were arrested with a toy gun.
He added that the police was working toward arresting other members of the gang and urged victims of traffic robbers to visit the command and identify the suspects.