Pastor Okotie’s Lawyer Fumes About Online Reports As Judge Rejects Church Pianist’s Request

By SaharaReporters, New York

A Lagos magistrate court today rejected a plea by an ex-pianist at Reverend Chris Okotie’s Ikeja-based Household of God Church to summon thecontroversial pastor for submission of a closed circuit TV recording of an alleged assault by the pianist.

The accused, Okiotor Daphiaghor, was arrested and arraigned for allegedly assaulting Mr. Okotie, preventing the preacher from entering the church,and breach of public peace. The alleged offences happened July 15, 2012 when the ex-pianist reportedly showed up at the church premises to demand unpaid salaries of thirteen years.

Church witnesses had claimed the ex-pianist was avolunteer, but Mr. Daphiaghor insisted that he and Mr. Okotie had an agreement for financial compensation, adding that the pastor had adhered to the understanding at the early stage of their relationship. The defendant contended that, after afew months, the pastor stopped paying. Even so, the ex-pianist said he had hoped that Mr. Okotie would pay all arrears once the church was financially buoyant. He added that, when it appeared thatReverend Okotie was no longer paying attention to him, he decided to visit the church premises. His visits resulted in a warning and then his subsequent arrest and trial.

A witness from the Household of God Church admitted that the church maintains a CCTV gadget which operates 24 hours and records every activity within the church premises. But he added that thecontrol of the gadget was only in the care of Rev. Okotie.
 
Mr. Daphiaghor’s lawyer, Robert Igbinedion, hadasked that the court invite Reverend Okotie to appear with the CCTV recording of the alleged assault. But in his ruling today, Magistrate Oshodi Makanjuola turned down the application. She cited previous judicial decisions to support her decision that the evidence in the pastor’s custody was protected. The magistrate said the defendant could not decide which witnesses the prosecution mustinvite.
 
Once the magistrate finished reading her ruling, Mr.Okotie’s lawyer, Kola Dopamu, brought out a printed copy of a report by SaharaReporters report on thecourt’s previous proceedings. He demanded the court’s protection from further reporting, alleging that the defendant’s lawyer was in alliance with SaharaReporters.
 
Impressed by Mr. Dopamu’s fear of further coverageof the case, the magistrate issued a threat against any further reporting of the proceedings.

Since the commencement of the trial, Reverend Okotie had worked to block media reportage of his refusal to pay due entitlement to one of his church workers. On one occasion, Magistrate Oshodi Makanjuola had ordered journalists out of thecourtroom at the request by Mr. Okotie’s lawyer. The decision made the defense lawyer to voice fear that his client might end up not getting a fair hearing fromthe magistrate.

Saharareporters also learned from a source close to Reverend Okotie that the flamboyant pastor has more than enough cash to pay off his former pianist, but simply wanted to show off his power. One of the prominent members of the church also said acouncil of elders was intervening in the matter but advised Mr. Daphiaghor to first write an apology to Reverend Okotie.

The magistrate adjourned the trial to May 30, 2013.
 

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I totally agree with you. If

I totally agree with you. If we are talking letter how come okotie has not presented his VULUNTEER LETTER?
Something is definitely not right

@Festus

Festus, do you understand English at all? The man didn't say he was on salary, he was "promised financil compensation" and not salary. On churches paying pianist, I know some do pay. A while ago in my church one of the instrumentalists was on some form of weekly payment because of his perculiar condition. So it is not out of place is the pianist claimed he was promised financial compensation.

mercy

I love Pastor Okotie, don't know if this is true....
all I know is this!
....it's well....

Okote's is just like a Criminal who use God name to make money.

I think people who spent their hard earned money for church should ask the Pastor Okotie of their money. He is a mad unholy man inside, violated his long married wife before and not suppressing a poor pianist yet mad people are paying sunday church money to him.....

I doubt if all these so

I doubt if all these so called Nigerian pastors have any conscience! Haba. Its these same pastors that are preaching forgive and you shall be forgiven, what does it cost Okotie to be magnanimous and call this
pianist and settle this simple case of man to man. And he would be loved by many. I ask pastor Okotie, what exactly do you want to proof in this case?

Re: 'Tender your employment letter'

Without taking sides or commenting about who is right or wrong, Employment relations need not be ONLY through or by APPOINTMENT LETTER.

Employment relations can be formed or created in many of several ways.

Are you retarded? The case is

Are you retarded? The case is not about salary yet. Salary cases are civil cases but Okotie instituted a criminal case against this guy. Get it?

Thief and thief, pastor and

Thief and thief, pastor and pianist nig. ltd

just show the judge your employment letter...

Employment may be defined by a written agreement or an oral agreement. A written agreement is preferable as the terms of employment can be laid out and are thus unimpeachable. If in all cases employment letters are required, we would be drowning in a sea of contracts, agreements with house helps, gatemen, drivers etc.

Pay

If the pastor is owing the pianist, he should respect himself and pay, after all, what are offering and tithing money used for if not to run the business of the church.

This lawyer is stupid

Education is at all time low and this Igbinedion of a lawyer is just roguish. How do you go to court on the premise of an evidence that is firmly in the possesion of the person you are prosecuting much less Nigeria where the evidence act is rather skewed to the side of the defence and 100% burden is on him to prove his case. He went to court to ask Okotie to bring evidence to prosecute himself...stupidity continues in NIGERIA unabated.

For 13years.?

Why must you wait for 13yr. Before asking for your wages ?

chris

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men of God

These Men of God sef

THIS IS FRAUD !!!

LET PASTOR OKOTIE SHOW US THE PIANIST LETTER OF ENGAGEMENT AS A VOLUNTEER. EVERY WORKER IN THE CHURCH IS A VOLUNTEER EXCEPT PASTOR OKOTIE HIMSELF. ONLY PASTOR OKOTIE EARNS SALARY, PROFIT, TITHES AND OFFERINGS. THIS IS FRAUD. IF IT WERE TO BE IN THE US OR UK, PASTOR OKOTIE WILL LONG BE IN JAIL FOR BREACHING LABOUR LAWS AND SLAVERY. FUNNY ENOUGH WE OPERATE THE SAME LAW HERE BUT OUR JUDICIARY ARE ASLEEP. THIS IS FRAUD !!!

THIS IS FRAUD !!!

WHY IS IT THAT OF ALL THE WORKERS IN THE CHURCH, ONLY PASTOR CHRIS OKOTIE HIMSELF IS NOT A VOLUNTEER. EVERY OTHER CHURCH WORKERS DO NOT EARN PAY BECAUSE THEY ARE VOLUNTEERS, ONLY PASTOR OKOTIE EARNS, RECEIVES THE WHOLE PROFIT AND GETS THE OFFERINGS AND TITHES ALONE. NIGERIA LAW DOES NOT PERMIT TO WORK WITHOUT PAY (SLAVERY) EXCEPT OF COURSE PASTOR OKOTIE CAN PRODUCE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE THAT THE PIANIST WAS EMPLOYED AS A VOLUNTEER. IN WESTERN WORLD, PASTOR OKOTIE WILL BE ARRESTED AND SUFFOCATED WITH LABOUR LAW.

Peculiar Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria

Na wah for this magistrate.No wonder the system is doing everything to block Magistrates from being promoted to High Court Justices. Whatever happened to the principle of fair hearing? The police,the magistrate & the complainant are duty bound to make available any evidence to either prove or disprove the issue in contention.But,what can we ordinary mortals do in Nigeria?

Pastor Okotie’s Lawyer Fumes

This case is very simple, it is a case of greed and satanic attack on the ex-pianist. I can't remember any church instructmentalist receiving salary. No church does that. Secondly, How can you work for 13 years without salary if there is any agreement of salary to be paid to you? Finally, why are you not presenting the employment letter issued to you by the church or pastor? My brother, don't allow Satan to use you to fight the church. I am not concerned about the pastor, but i am concerned about God. Don't fight God, you will loss.

which appointment letter?

most people trust ' men of God' that it will appear like an insult to demand or ask for letter of appointment.
the pastor in question gives women car gifts; why is he finding it difficult to reward thirteen years of sweat and blood?

CONTRACT

A Written contract would resolve this in a jiffy. If non is available, a credible verbal contract might be deemed sufficient - provided the penis,er, sorry, the pianist is above 18 years of age.

But, man, me I no trust that magistrate o. I no trust am at all at all!

I agree. Just show a copy of

I agree. Just show a copy of our employment letter. If u waited for 13 yes to be paid, then something is wrong somewhere except this report is not accurate and left out vital facts.

TENDER YOUR EMPLOYMENT LETTER

It is a simple case, just show the judge your employment letter.

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