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General News of Friday, 19 August 2016


Nobody can punish Obinim – Aide

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Anyone willing to take on Bishop Daniel Obinim for flogging his children for fornicating "should bring it on, we are ready to face them," an aide to the controversial pastor has bravely stated.

In an interview on Morning Starr, Joseph Oppong Brenya told host Nii Arday Clegg that nobody can prosecute the founder of the International God’s Way Church because he only disciplined his “wayward” children.

The divisive miracle pastor has come under immense criticism after a video circulating on social media captured Bishop Obinim battering a hapless pregnant congregant and her boyfriend.

The controversial pastor in the video appeared angered by the couple’s amorous activity which has led to a pregnancy.

As a result he took the law into his hands, lashing the youngman on his bare back before turning to the girl flogging her mercilessly with a belt in the full glare of his congregation.

Throughout the brutal punishment, Obinim is heard questioning the jobless youngman why he got the girl pregnant when he has no finances for her upkeep and the upbringing of the unborn child.

The girl who was unable to stand the flogging attempts to escape, but she was held by henchmen of the Bishop to enable the bishop mete out more beatings.

Bishop Obinim’s conduct according to the Director of Amnesty International Ghana Lawrence Amesu is barbaric and criminal, warranting an immediate arrest.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has filed a police report against the founder and General Overseer of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, over the church flogging incident.

The sector minister announced on Thursday that her ministry has filed the report at the Accra Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) Office for investigations to be conducted into the incident.

But Oppong Brenya stated that Bishop Obinim is ready to face anybody who attempts to take him on for his actions. According to him, Obinim committed no crime and finds it unnecessary the criticisms from Ghanaians.

Oppong Brenya also added that the church members were happy Obinim disciplined the children in public and have promised to bring their children to be punished when they go wrong.

He added that anybody who has issues with Obinim’s style should petition God and not the court.

"If someone thinks Obinim erred Biblically then that person should petition God."