ABUJA — A 27-year-old pastor, Emmanuel Onyiuke, Thursday, appeared before an Abuja Senior Magistrate Court, Karu, Abuja, charged with homosexualism which he was said to have practiced on a 19-year-old.
Onyiuke, who is the General Overseer of Divine Power Healing Ministry in Jikwoyi, FCT, committed the alleged offence on August 2.
The accused was arraigned on a four-count charge of causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit homosexual and unnatural offence.
Prosecutor Atteh Effiong told the court that the accused gave the 19-year-old some alcoholic drinks, which were laced with sleep inducing substance.
He said: “The victim woke up and saw himself lying on the bed of the accused person in his bedroom.
“The accused had sexual intercourse with him through his anus against his will which left him with serious injuries afterwards”
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The counsel to the accused made an oral application for bail.
Ruling on the application for bail, Senior Magistrate Anna Akobi granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum.
Akobi held that the surety must be a federal civil servant not below Grade Level 10, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
She adjourned the case to September 19.