Bishop Oyedepo Hires High-Priced Attorneys To Defend Lawsuit Over Assault Of Teenage Church Member-PM News, Lagos

Bishop Oyedepo
By Henry Ojelu

The founder of the Living Faith Church, a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel Bishop David 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.

The multi-billionaire pastor 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 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 assualt.
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.


The 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.î
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 P.M.NEWS 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.
In December last year, a YouTube video of Bishop Oyedepo viciously slapping a young lady who admitted that she was ‘a witch for Jesus’ during an altar call went viral on the internet.
A second video that surfaced days later showed the bishop justifying his action, adding that it is ‘his ministry to slap’ and that ‘if he sees another witch, he’ll slap.’

 

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Hey! please just watch your

Hey! please just watch your mouth. This's a great man of God you are talking about here. Remeber you dont juge God's annointed ones He (God) does that in his own way. Dont be decived by the devil by calling this great man of God names.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

This's another way of people trying to spoil the name of this great man of God.All manner of things has been said against him but he doesnt care 'PEOPLE CAN GO AHEAD AND SAY ALL MANNER OF THINGS AGAINST HIM, SPOIL HIS NAME IN VARIOUS WAYS' but it wont stop him from PRAISING AND SERVING GOD.God has already choose him then who are you humanbeing to stop him.His ministry will continue to grow and he will keep going from GLORY TO GLORY, FLYING ON THE EAGLES WING,MOVING FROM STRENGHT TO STRENGHT and ANGELS OF GOD WILL KEEP GUIDEING AND PROTECTING HIM.Remember that is only God that judge whosoever he has choosen(his annointed ones).He is a true man of God and he cannot just slap someone at the point of an alter call just like that. WHO GOD HAS BLESS NO MAN CAN CAUSE.

OYEDEPO MESS UP OH!

BISHOP OYEDEPO OUR PAPA GOT IT ALL WRONG THIS TIME AS HIS ACT CONSTITUTES AN ASSAULT ON THAT INNOCENT GIRL HE SHLD BEG GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.

oga you are dead wrong, Jesus

oga you are dead wrong, Jesus Christ whipped those that were buying and selling in the temple... say something else!

my fiend why are you talking

my fiend why are you talking like someone who did not pass through the four walls of a school? just hear yourself...SNATCH, You could dig into the registration document at CAC and find out for yourself...

The devil?

Because u have seen the benefit of Jesus' death that's why u think peter was stupid or used, u wld have done ur worst if u where in peter's shoe. Infact if oyedepo is attacked now in ur presence u wil justify ur action of defending an anointed man of God.

The devil?

Because u have seen the benefit of Jesus' death that's why u think peter was stupid or used, u wld have done ur worst if u where in peter's shoe. Infact if oyedepo is attacked now in ur presence u wil justify ur action of defending an anointed man of God.

reply

Mr Stephen i pity your life,for you to speak such word on the man of God of such magnitude. Sorry you 've just invit the wrought of God upon yourself your ten generation to com.

My example is Christ, not TD

My example is Christ, not TD Jakes or Oyakhilome and clearly, Bishop Oyedepo acted in opposite manner to Christ who in Mat 8:28-30 only spoke the word "Go!" to clearly violent spirits.

THE END TIME , DEVIL AHS COME TO KILL, AND TO DESTROY

PLS BEWARE , YOU CAN NOT USE THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD.NONE OF US CAN JUDGE THIS MATTER/CASE, BUT DEVIL HAS COME TO DECEIVE MANY BUT PLS LET US REMEMBER THE LORD'S PRAYER. PLS ALL SPIRITUAL LEADERS NEEDS TO WAKE UP FOR PRAYER -THE END TIME

There is no fundamental right against Slapping.

The suite is about Enforcement of Fundamental Rights. There is no Constitutional right that says you canot be slap. You can be slapped over and over again, what you will be left with an action for Damages (civil). Or the state can institute a criminal action for breach of peace or whatever section they want to ....

This action is gold digging. The applicant is only trying to take advantage of the New FREPR.

For the court to uphold his application will mean the court is upholding that there is a Fundamental Right against Slapping.

touch not my anointed

Stop mixing spiritual things with societal and earthly matter...d man of God has every ryt to slap her and I would do d same even though I'm nt a pastor,'witch of God'? I'm afraid for that girls life cos even God will take it away from her, hv we all forgotten that Saul was a man of God and he wanted to kill david...yet david said he couldn't touch the anointed man of God.bishop Oyedepo is a man that preaches the word of God through the bible and the holy spirit...I'v bn blessed by his ministry,and whether he forcefully took the ministry or not, he had a better grace and only God could sustain a church like that. I declare that all those who stand against the progress of this ministry...fall because the standard of the Lord is against you all.May the wrath of God stand against U starting from the said girl that was slapped...like her father or her boyfriend has never slapped. she is a devil and will perish

let's watch the hand of God

I make this comment in good faith without any intention to defy the anointed man of God. However I will like Bishop Oyedepo to sincerely tell the world and clear our doubt. The Living Faith Church he presides over today, was it started by him or by Rev. Margret Garba at Ramat Close U/Rimi? And if it was Rev. Margret that actually started the Church, how did Oyedepo became the presiding Bishop? Did she passed the church to him willingly or he snatched if from her by force? Bishop, please clear our doubts.

the devil

D devil speak like he's concerned with glorifying God remember when he tempted jesus thru peter to stop him from going to d cross just like most of u talking Sanity yet find so easy to use words against an anointed repent or u all will perish.

Getting drunk in anothers' burial

Too quick to condemn God's anointed, u don't even have d right on ur dirty leaders who loot ur life and make u worthless I guess frustration most be killing u; learn to fear God Gods' grace and lineancy is consequential if abused.

People get drunk in anothers burial.

Too quick to condemn God's anointed, u don't even have d right on ur dirty leaders who loot ur life and make u worthless I guess frustration most be killing u; learn to fear God.

touch not my anointed

Too quick to condemn God's anointed, u don't even have d right on ur dirty leaders who loot ur life and make u worthless I guess frustration most be killing u; learn to fear God.

@ xman...I think u are a

@ xman...I think u are a witch, wiat while i load my gun for i can not suffer u to live and then i'll give ur dead body some solid slaps just to confirm ur dead.

The Bishop's saga

The SAN man is completely wrong in his legal reasoning. He is actually complicating his client's case by invoking the case as a criminal matter. For one thing, if the plaintiff lawyer want to give the preacher a run for his money, he could file both criminal case as well as civil case against the preacher. I think this SAN man need to reconsider his defense strategy. Usually, this type of case is better settled out of court. In the end, no body wins. Mr Preacher just need to learn how to conduct himself. I don't think there's any place in the Bible where our Lord Jesus Christ physical manhandled his audience.

The Bishop's saga

The SAN man is completely wrong in his legal reasoning. He is actually complicating his client's case by invoking the case as a criminal matter. For one thing, if the plaintiff lawyer want to give the preacher a run for his money, he could file both criminal case as well as civil case against the preacher. I think this SAN man need to reconsider his defense strategy. Usually, this type of case is better settled out of court. In the end, no body wins. Mr Preacher just need to learn how to conduct himself. I don't think there's any place in the Bible where our Lord Jesus Christ physical manhandled his audience.

The Bishop's saga

The SAN man is completely wrong in his legal reasoning. He is actually complicating his client's case by invoking the case as a criminal matter. For one thing, if the plaintiff lawyer want to give the preacher a run for his money, he could file both criminal case as well as civil case against the preacher. I think this SAN man need to reconsider his defense strategy. Usually, this type of case is better settled out of court. In the end, no body wins. Mr Preacher just need to learn how to conduct himself. I don't think there's any place in the Bible where our Lord Jesus Christ physical manhandled his audience.

CORRECTIONS OR ABUSE

young poeple are prone to foolishness and fad; the cure come through touhg minded discipline(TM), Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him(KJV)Prov.22:15
Don't be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won't kill them. A good spanking, infact, may save them from something worse than death(Prov23:13-14 TM)

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother shame. (Prov.29:15KJV).

It was an act of correction to that Lad. How can anybody be a witch for Jesus, for God sake what do witches for jesus do? Please I want you to know that if it was Oyedepo's child that says that, that child will meet same thing if not worst. its unfortunate the enemy is unsing this to scandalise his ministry and life. And we also need to remember this kind of correction is not strange in our society and culture. please watch your comment for we shall be judge by our word.

withdraw ur hands nd mouth 4rm evil

may d gud Lord ve mercy on ur soul, u do nt knw wat u ve gotten urself into, u dare 2 insuit d annointed man of God, u ve cursed urself

SUE HIM FOR A BILLION

Sue him for a billion. How can a so called preacher abuse a teenager while the cameras are rolling. His greed has taken over his mind. What will be his defence.? Did we hear an apology from him ?. Sue him for all he stole. He does not belong to the pulpit. Stealing in the name of the Lord and now he goes to hire the biggest shark with the sharpest teeth. Heaven help us all !!!

Yes we honor our pastors but

Yes we honor our pastors but they will not see themself aS gods to us. christ preach 4 mercy, if the lady is a witch what she need is help not slap and bosting of Oyedipo.If Oyedipo fails d law he need to face d music bec. God keep them to serve us not we to fear them.

Bishop Oyedepo Hires High-priced Attorneys To Defend Lawsuit

If you believe Bishop Oyedepo is humble , Pls read this article using this link. http://saharareporters.com/report/pastor-david-oyedepo-plc-thenews-africa.

@esama - Lets call a slave a slave

"Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm". if you read it in context where it was used and you will see that it does not apply in this scenario. Judas Iscariot followed Jesus for 3 years, nowhere was it recorded that Jesus slapped him. Can you prove that the young lady was a witch, and who did she bewitch? You asked why she was in the House of God. but where else would a sinner be? in God's house seeking salvation. it is the shepherd that needs to be conscious of the fact that he is a 'servant' not a 'master' of God. and to treat each lost sheep with the same compassion and love that Jesus did. Christ warned shepherds to be careful not to cause even the least of these little ones to fall. We need to change this popular slang of calling shepherds 'Men of God' or MOG to 'servants of God'.... The word "men of God" subconsciously puts them on a pedestal, but the word servant reminds them that they are a slave of another, In Hausa it is “Bawa”, igbo “ORU” & Yoruba "ERU"

Oyedepo is devil incarnate

The fact is that Oyedepo is the devil incarnate. He continues to deceive some Nigerians with his devilish abragadabra. Let him not set his foot on UK soil because he would be arrested for child abuse.

@ Chukwuma

I agree totally with you!

Did Jesus Slap. Mr Oyedepo Needs Deliverance.

Mr. Oyedepo should apologize and compensate the young lady for slapping her or this sin can prevent him from going to heaven. (Isn’t that what Jesus preached). Also, I didn’t read of any where Jesus slapped those possessed of the Devil, rather he cast out the evil spirit. One or arguably two occasions he took a whip to drive out money changers and extortionists from the temple, which he said it should be called a house of prayer.... And Mr. Oyedepo cannot rely on this as a basis for his action because if Jesus was here today, he will be whipping him (Oyedepo) for selling CDs and tapes of messages to his parishioners, His church and any church should afford to freely provide message recordings to those who want them, and remove copyright statements so people can freely copy, but unfortunately, church is now run as a business.

Finally, I think Rev Oyedepo needs to be delivered from the spirit of slapping people. And ask for the Holy Spirit to fill him instead.

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