A parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God ( RCCG), located at Ijapo Housing Estate in Akure, the Ondo state capital was thrown into confusion when a serving judge at Akure Division of the Court of Appeal allegedly assaulted publicly members and pastors RCCG, injuring an aged woman in the process.
The judge, Justice (Mrs) Folayemi Omoleye allegedly came into the church premises, Glory Tabernacles, Ijapo Estate, Akure at about 10:00am on Wednesday June 5, 2019 by disrupting ongoing every Wednesday’s Divine Encounter through what the church members described as a mischievous video recording of the programme with her Handset.
It was gathered that it took the intervention of men of the Nigeria Police from Ijapo police station to strict the judge from further public fisticuffs at the church.
According to an eyewitness , “Hon Justice Omoleye Folayemi of the Court of Appeal, Akure, enters The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Glory Tabernacle Parish, Ijapo Estate-Akure. The Provincial Headquarters of Ondo Province 1 during our mid-week Wednesday Divine Encounter Service between the hours of 10.am – 12.pm and slapped a 68yr old woman and one of the Pastor who tried to advise her not to disrupt the church service”.
Speaking on the attack on church members, Pastors Olatunde Awoyelu and Dele Oyesola in-charge of the affected church they described the judge’s action as strange and dishonourable to a very senior legal officer.
The judge whose her private residence is located beside the church, has been having a running battle with the RCCG, claiming that activities of the church disturb her.
Reports say the church has been in the location since 1989 when the Ondo state Housing Corporation approved the land for it and planning to celebrate its 30th Anniversary by August, this year, while the judge was said to have bought the house beside the church about ten years ago.
Confirming the incident, Pastor Idris Umar of RCCG Region 22, Ondo said the church had directed its lawyer to write a petition against the judge for her dishonourable action by slapping and beating a 68year-old Assistant Pastor, Mrs Felicia Akindurojoye and another Parish pastor Felix Solomon during the Wednesday’s Divine Encounter service.
The woman was rushed to the State Specialist Hospital for treatment while Solomon didn’t sustain serious injury.
Pastor Umar said the petition would be forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate and punish Justice Omoleye.
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