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Witch-Slapping Lawsuit: Bishop David Oyedepo Fights Back

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Witch-Slapping Lawsuit: Bishop David Oyedepo Fights Back

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June 7, 2012 – Witch-Slapping Lawsuit: Bishop David Oyedepo Fights Back

The founder of the Living Faith Church, a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo, is not leaving anything to chance in his defence against the N2 billion suit slammed on him for allegedly slapping a young female member of his congregation. naijagists.com

The highly respected man of God has secured the services of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr. Dele Adesina to defend the matter which was filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Robert Igbinedion, in April on behalf of the young lady.

Igbinedion in the suit sought for the enforcement of the lady’s fundamental rights to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment, human dignity, fair hearing, and freedom from discrimination.

He also prayed the court to award the sum of N2 billion as a general and exemplary damages’ against the bishop as well as compel him to publish a public apology in two national dailies and one international satellite television.

Initially, when the matter was filed, two members of the church, F.B. Agbanwu, the church solicitor and Olugbenga Adeboye, a senior legal officer in the church, filed a preliminary objection on behalf of Bishop Oyedepo.
However, at the last adjourned date, Mr. Dele Adesina in company of other lawyers announced his appearance in the matter and informed the court that he has taken over the matter.

Although most of the issues raised in the 32-page prelimary objection by Dele Adesina (SAN) were similar to those raised by the first defence team, Mr. Adesina argued that the court is incompetent to adjudicate on the matter as the case borders on assault.

He contended that slap being an act of assault is outside the provisions of chapter four of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the African Charter on human and people’s right and as such the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

ìThe cause of action or principal claim in this application centres merely on slapping one Miss Justice by the 1st respondent.
ìThe slapping of Miss Justice is an act that could be described as an assault which is a criminal offence punishable under the criminal code.
ìWe submit that slapping being an act of assault, an item outside the provisions of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution and the African Charter, this court therefore lacks jurisdiction over same.

Mr. Adesina also argued that the petitioner has not shown the court that the said Miss Justice who was allegedly slapped by Bishop Oyedepo, is a living person.
He maintained that until Miss Justice is produced in court, the court cannot assume that she is a living person.

Mr. Adesina further argued that that there is no record of anyone called Miss Justice – a sobriquet given to the young lady for the purpose of the suit – in any of its services organised in the past. Furthermore, he urged the court to determine whether Mr. Igbinedion is capable of ‘bringing this kind of application’ before it and whether ‘it is proper to bring this application against Bishop Oyedepo and his church respectively.

Responding on the issue raised by Bishop Oyedepo’s lawyer whether the lady who was slapped is a living person, Mr. Igbinedion told reporters this morning that the reason he chose not to produce the lady in court is because he fear for her life.

He said certain unknown persons have been threatening to kill the lady if they sight her anywhere.
He added that he hopes to intimate the court about the development in his further counter affidavit to the court

The matter has been adjourned till 11 June, 2012 for adoption of written address.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Danny1

    June 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Menn i tink dis man is in a ******…man of God dnt give up dis is d time 4 u to pray to God

  2. Fidelis

    June 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I think dis mst b a set up,and even if it is true i tink d pastor had 2 b set free since there is no constitutional provision 4 d assault slapin as been a criminal offence.

  3. Affo

    June 8, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Guy try 2 make some sense now!are u saying am free 2 sound face as i like?

  4. XTOPHER

    June 8, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    pls. Let Bishop go. He is a man of God. Remember touch not my anointing and do my prophet no harm. This is a legal harm, beware, accuser and your lawsuits and filing

  5. Ronke Dorcas Onigbinde

    June 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    4 MY OWN UNDERSTADING DEY WANT TEST UR FAITH. BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO CONTIUNES PRAYING AND TRUST IN GOD. HE WILL SEE U THROUGH IJN. AMEN.

  6. Collins

    June 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I can see why some of us are not thinking straight. We have been brainwashed beyond redemption. Do people listen to themselves? Setup, touch not etc, haba! To the extent the girl is being threatened. Empathise with d girl and you will understand what we are saying here.

    • Adenike

      November 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Exactly. This is making me ashamed to have any Nigerian blood in my veins.

  7. pamela asemota

    June 9, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    Dis is serious wahala for d Bishop. I think d devil has steppped in man of God u need to get locked up in some serious prayers. And I don’t tink d litt girl has bn threatened by d bishop I tink there must b anoda reason y she’s not comming out. God take control

  8. MICHAEL

    June 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Let those who have ears let them hear what the spirit is saying. I think this lawyer thought he could make a name and cause sensation by taken the case of a confessed witch up. This lawyer is up against a colocious. The Lady in question told every body in the congregation that”she is a witch for Jesus” Nobody called her a witch but she came out of her own accord when altar call was made for witches who wish to denounced witch craft . Rather than the lawyer to pray of the soul of this self acclaimed witch to be free from witchcraft the Lawyer “a hungry one for that matter” is looking for cheap popularity.

  9. Princeemmanuell

    July 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Abeg how this said assault take happen sef? For church abi for house and wetin cause the slap, slap? Lol. And that lawyer guy na lucky igbinedion pickin? Haba… Abeg 2 million too much o…

  10. grace majek

    September 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    papa is God sent so what ever he does is approved of God so let that cruel lawyer that wants to get riches of his life through papa go and repent o.if you are waiting for bribe in order for you to drop the case u will dry there and remain poor forever.I PROMISE YOU THIS.

  11. dorcas mapis

    September 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    God will vindicate my bishop.dat witch and her wizard lawyer have Dialled A wrong number.

  12. kizi

    December 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    the hungry lawyer is just looking for money. its unfortunate he will never get any. so, let him go and rest his case is baseless.

  13. kizi

    December 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    D hungry lawyer is just looking for money! well am sori he will never get any. so let him go nd rest his case is baseless.

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