Saturday 21 April 2012

Bishop Oyedepo faces N2bn suit for slapping church member

The popular pastor and founder of the Living Faith Christian Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel is being sued for N2b for slapping a young girl last year during a church service.
Premium Times reports that the law suit is coming from a Lagos based lawyer Robert Igbinedion who said he filed the suit on behalf of the young lady, at the Ogun State High Court ‘for the enforcement of the lady’s fundamental rights to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment, human dignity, fair hearing, and freedom from discrimination.’
Igbinedion, who is a solicitor at Salus Populi Chambers, and represented the victims of the celebrated Pastor Emeka Ezeugo (aka Reverend King) in 2006 is seeking an award of N2b as ‘general and exemplary damages’ against Oyedepo.’
If a wrong is done to the young lady, she is bound to receive justice for that wrong. The respondent ( Oyedepo) made the alter call for witches to come out, he did not make a similar call for other categories of sinners like illicit drug dealers, contract inflators, fraudsters, adulterers, and fornicators in the church‘, Igbinedion explained.
In the suit, Igbinedion said that the young lady, while answering an ‘illegal’ alter call, was trying to explain herself when the pastor gave her ‘a dirty and thunderous slap.’
In December 2011, a video of Oyedepo slapping a teenage girl during church service for saying she is ‘a witch for Jesus’ appeared on video sharing website YouTube and soon went viral accumulating over 69,000 views.
Days later, another video appeared on YouTube with Oyedepo saying, ‘People now complain on the Internet that I slapped a witch.  If I see another one, I’ll slap.’

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