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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Nigerian Street Preacher Win £2.5k Payout From U.K Police For Wrongful Arrest


 Nigerian Street Preacher  Win £2.5k Payout From U.K Police For Wrongful Arrest


A Nigerian preacher who was stopped from expressing his Christian views and arrested by the U.K police, has been awarded a £2,500 payout for wrongful arrest.

Oluwole Ilesanmi, 64, was wrongly accused of Islamophobia while he was preaching outside Southgate Tube station in London in February, 2019.



He was approached by two officers after a passer-by called police accusing him of hate speech.

Ilesanmi admits describing Islam as an 'aberration' but said he was expressing his point of view as a Christian rather than denigrating Muslims.

Scotland Yard has agreed to pay Mr Ilesanmi £2,500 for wrongful arrest and his humiliating and distressing treatment.



A Met spokesman said: "The Met respects and upholds the rights of all individuals to practise freedom of speech, and this includes street preachers of all religions and backgrounds.

However, if the language someone uses is perceived as being a potential hate crime, it is only right that we investigate. In this case, it was deemed appropriate to remove the man from the area."

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