By Peterson Ibi
A member of the Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel), Uwasota branch in Benin, Edo state, Nosa Aigbogun, is currently hospitalised, following injuries inflicted on him by suspected thugs in military uniforms, allegedly hired by the resident pastor, Gideon Oyedepo to assault him.
The resident pastor, who is a younger brother of the General Overseer of the church, Bishop David Oyedepo, has been accused of constantly harassing and assaulting members of his branch, slapping them at will.
Nosa Aigbogun, who currently recuperating at an undisclosed medical facility in Benin, said he was the latest to be slapped by his Pastor.
He said since Oyedepo was transferred to their branch as resident pastor, he has enthroned himself as emperor and became a problem to members of the church.
He appealed to the founder of the church, Bishop Oyedepo, to rescue them from further beatings from his younger brother.
Repeated efforts to get reaction from Pastor Gideon Oyedepo failed, as he neither did he respond to calls made to his mobile phone, nor did he respond to text message sent to him.
“I want concerned authorities to rescue us from him. We have received enough slaps, we are begging his elder brother, Bishop David Oyedepo, to save us from the overnight emperor before it is too late,” Aigbogun said.
“Since his arrival at our branch, he has slapped two persons and he keeps saying nobody can do him anything. He has turned the branch to something else.
“They called for unity meeting on Sunday and I was part of those that attended. All of a sudden, he just turned to me and started calling me devil, idiot.
“Before you know it, he just slapped me and he said I cannot do him anything and that he has been planning to deal with some of us in the church.
“His P.A. joined him. I wanted to retaliate, but other members pleaded and I listened. But today, on his instruction, his P.A. went and brought soldiers who said they were from Supply and Transport (S&T) Barracks.
”A friend of mine who saw them before me, alerted me and suggested that I should run. I hid myself but they searched and located me and demanded that I follow them. When I asked where they were from, they pounced on me, rough-handled me and beat the hell out of me,” he said.
Aigbogun who said he had reported the case at Okhoro police station, said all he wants is justice.
Other members of the church told journalists that the embattled pastor had threatened that should his elder brother who owns the church acted on complaints of the church members and perhaps dropped him, he will form a white garment church of his own.