The police in London have awarded £2,500 to a Christian street preacher, Oluwale Ilesanmi, after confiscating his bible and detaining him on allegations of anti-Islamic comments.
In a publication by a London Based newspaper, the Mail, the award was to compensate Mr Illasanmi for his wrongful arrest by the police officers.
The 64-year-old Nigerian Christian preacher was arrested while preaching on a street on February 23 by the metropolitan police who accused him of ‘disturbing the peace of the day’ by making inflammatory comments about Islam.
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A video footage containing Mr Illasanmi’s interaction with the police officers had gone viral, with many condemning the treatment of the Christian preacher by the security officers.
The incident, which had taken place at the London based Southgate tube station in Enfield, north of London, resulted in the confiscation of Mr Ilasanmi’s Bible by the police officers who threw the bible inside the car and detained him
According to the paper, the police had acted on a report by an aggrieved passer-by who accused Mr Illasanmi of being Islamophobic.
Mr Ilasanmi admitted stating that the Islamic religion was an “aberration,” but added that he was “only expressing his views,” the paper added.
The paper also said Mr Ilasanmi’s case had triggered a campaign for which a petition is billed to be tendered before the London Home office on Tuesday.
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The bill is meant to ensure a safeguard of the rights of Christian preachers.
In a reaction to the court ruling, the paper said the Scotland Yard police admitted reaching a settlement plan with Mr Illasanmi but declined to make further comments on the issue.