The trial of pastor Daniel Obinim, founder of the International God’s Way Church (IGWC), has been adjourned to July 20, 2020 by a Kaneshie Magistrate Court in Accra.
This was after the prosecution had asked the court to give them time to conclude their investigations into the matter yesterday.
Obinim has been charged with publication of false news, as well as forgery of a document contrary to Sections 208 and 159 of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
However, Obinim, who claims to be an angel of God and has been frequenting heaven, came to court with a new set of lawyers as his usual lawyer, Ralph Poku Adusei, has been replaced.
He was there with a team of four lawyers led by Dela Blagogee of Blagogee, Blacksword and Co (Unlimited) law firm who introduced himself as the new counsel in the case.
The court, however, asked the other three lawyers to wait outside as a result of the Chief Justice’s directive that only one lawyer is allowed per a case as part of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) through the courtrooms.
Obinim was in African wear (gold top and down) and a black snicker, with white shoes to match.
He was whisked away in a black Toyota Land Cruiser V8 immediately after the brief proceedings like a minister of state.
The prosecution led by ASP Sylvester Asare told the court yesterday that they were ‘far advanced’ with their investigations into the matter and prayed the court to adjourn the case to give them more time to put final touches to the work done so far.
He said the prosecution had agreed with the defence team to return on June 29, 2020, but the court presided over by Magistrate Rosemond Agyiri said the accused was already on bail and asked the parties to decide on a different date by which time the prosecution would be ready.
The court and the parties then agreed to return on July 20, 2020.
Obinim was in police custody for about three nights after being arrested and charged and has since been able to extricate the bail bond.
Thursday, as part of the bail conditions set by the Kaneshie Magistrate Court, Obinim reported to the Police Headquarters.
He spent a couple of hours with the police CID before leaving the premises after 1pm.