Bishop Oyedepo Faces N2bn Suit For Slapping Church Member

(Premium Times) – Popular pastor and founder of the Living Faith Christian Church International, David Oyedepo, will face a legal action for slapping a young lady during church service, last year.

Robert Igbinedion, a Lagos based lawyer, confirmed to Premium Times Friday that he had filed a 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.

Mr. Igbinedion is seeking an award of N2bn as ‘general and exemplary damages’ against Mr. Oyedepo.

“If a wrong is done to the young lady, she is bound to receive justice for that wrong,” said Mr. Igbinedion, a Solicitor at Salus Populi Chambers.

In the suit, Mr. 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.”

“The respondent (Bishop 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,” read the suit.

Mr. Igbinedion, who represented the victims of the celebrated Pastor Emeka Ezeugo (popularly known as Reverend King) at the Magistrate court, in 2006; stated that cases of violence in the place of worship if not nipped in the bud could escalate into ‘uncountable’ dimensions.

Furthermore, he said the calling out of the young lady (and others) as witches are illegal, unconstitutional, and a breach of Section 34 of the Constitution of Nigeria, African Charter on Human and People’s Right, and United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Right.

The suit asked the court to compel Bishop Oyedepo to issue a self-signed public apology to be published in two national dailies and one international satellite television station.

It also wants the respondent to issue a similar alter call for drug dealers, corrupt government officials, bribe-giving contractors, and other categories of sinners who are members of the church.

In December last year, a video of Mr. Oyedepo viciously slapping a teenage girl during church service for saying she is “a witch for Jesus” appeared on popular site YouTube.

Though later removed, the video went viral within days with the pastor, fondly called Papa, receiving a lot of stick from outraged viewers and members of the public.

One viewer described the act as “unbiblical, barbaric, and a disgrace.”

Days later, another video surfaced in which Pastor Oyedepo tried to justify his action saying “it is my ministry to slap” and that the fact that the witch, rather than going to court, apologized showed his superiority.

“People now complain on the Internet that I slapped a witch. If I see another one, I’ll slap,” he said in the video.

Source: Premium Times

  1. oladele Reply

    if i knew the woman,i would slap her and collect the money…reasn is dat,she just want to collect..the money..right away i gatta…abuse the hell out of her..bitch

    • OT Reply

      You are a misogynist for calling her a bitch. Is that the name you call your sisters or your mother. The pastor has no respect for women, and people in general and he is puffed up with pride. Dude please watch the video before you comment ignorantly, she was a woman who wanted salvation, not thinking she would be slapped in church by a pastor for that matter. Church is a place where you should feel safe. And this pastor needs to be held accountable for his actions. He preaches too much about money, I support the lawyers decision.It’s pastors like that that give Christianity a bad name. Furthermore, the court should order that the pastor go for counseling on a lesson in being humble. And you stop referring and insulting women a bitch, before God deals with you. Nonsense man like yourself.

  2. aj Reply

    Ot ΐƨ it u̶̲̥̅̊я sister? ‎u̶̲̥̅̊ better stop saying that. That’s ♓☺w holy spirit direct S̶̲̥̅ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ shut u̶̲̥̅̊я mout up.

  3. Anna Reply

    Abeg! Which kain holy spirit go direct pastor say make hin slap person? D̶̲̥̅̊ holy spirit shuld av directed him to pray for salvation for d̶̲̥̅̊ lady instead of slappin. Rubbish

  4. saint Austin Reply

    A witch deserve more than a slap

  5. denomah Reply

    who is not a witch in nigeria, has he delivered all his family n village pple, plz 2bn is too small, 10bn wil be beta. he buys planes all around not cars again, whereby some of his branches dont even have church building. we wil c in heaven who is a witch

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