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General News of Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Obinim reports himself to Tema Police; transferred to Accra

Bishop Daniel Obinim Bishop Daniel Obinim

The controversial founder of the International God’s Way Church Bishop Daniel Obinim has been transferred to the Accra Police Headquarters for further questioning after he turned himself in to the Tema police.

The divisive pastor was transferred to the Accra regional Police headquarters after his supporters started massing up at the police station where he reported himself.

Bishop Obinim honoured the invitation by the police in connection with investigations into reports that he publicly flogged two young adults of his church for allegedly indulging in fornication.

The alleged fornication is said to have resulted in a pregnancy that was aborted by the young adults.

The flogging is said to have been captured and broadcast on the church's TV channel and later went viral on social media.

Following the release of the footage on social media and the subsequent public condemnation, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, reported Bishop Obinim to the Accra Regional Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVSSU), while another person also lodged a complaint against the bishop at the Tema Regional Police.

A private legal practitioner, Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu, has also dragged Bishop Obinim to court for flogging the two.

Lawyer Sosu is seeking an order from the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court that would protect what he described as the fundamental human rights of members of Bishop Obinim’s church.

According to Starr FM’s Court reporter Wilberforce Asare, Bishop Obinim is likely to be cautioned for his behavior by the Police.

The controversial pastor has also not been charged by the Police.