Nosa Aigbogun, a member of the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel), Uwasota branch in Benin, Edo state, has been admitted in hospital, following injuries inflicted on him by suspected thugs in military uniform, allegedly hired by a Pastor in the church.
The pastor who is said to be a relative of the General Overseer of the church, Bishop David Oyedepo, was accused of constantly harassing and assaulting members of his branch, slapping them at will.
Aigbogun, who is recuperating at a medical facility in Benin, said he was the latest to be slapped by the Pastor.
He said since he was transferred to their branch as resident pastor he has enthroned himself as emperor and has become a problem to members of the church.
He appealed to the founder of the church, Bishop Oyedepo, to rescue them from further beatings from the pastor.
“I want concerned authorities to rescue us from him, we have received enough slaps. We are begging Bishop David Oyedepo, to save us from the overnight emperor before is too late.
“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 planing 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 they said 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 Pastor threatens that should his brother who owns the church act on complaints of members and perhaps drop him, he will form a white garment church of his own.
Efforts to get reaction from the Pastor failed, as he neither responded to a call made to his mobile phone, nor responded to text messages sent to him.