Wednesday, 6 August 2014
NEWS:: Foursquare Church Members Attack Police To Stop Pastor’s Arrest
Livingspring Tabernacle, Ikorodu Lagos State on Sunday as armed policemen from Zone 2, Onikan were brought in by officials of the church from the national level to arrest the resident pastor, Isaac Adeyemi, when the Sunday service was going on.
According to reports, the officials and policemen who came at
about 10:30am in a bus were unable to gain entrance into the
church as the congregation barricaded the gate, making it
impossible to arrest Pastor Adeyemi.
It was gathered that the national office had accused the pastor of
forging a signature, obtaining a loan of N65million and diverting it for his own personal use; an allegation he strongly denied.
Pastor Adeyemi’s 25-year-old son was arrested by the police last
Saturday morning after they went looking for him at his residence and did not find him.
His son is still in police custody at the Zone 2 Police Station,
Some church members who barricade the gate were hurling insults at the national officials while pelting them with satchet water.
They were also holding placards which read: “Stop this
intimidation now; We support our pastor, Rev. Adeyemi; Give us
Peter Adeyemi now; Embrace, equals evangelism and soul
winning; Don’t address us, go and address your family” and so on .
They later left the premises amidst wild jeer from the
congregation. Adeyemi was said to have addressed the church after the incident and disclosed that the problem he was experiencing was a fallout of his contest for the post of the General Overseer of the church with the present G.O of which he said wasn’t his idea to contest but for the nomination by the stakeholders.
He revealed that the money that he was accused of borrowing with a forged signature wasn’t at the first instance the amount they are accusing him of, but a N65million loan which was acquired legally and with the consent and signatories of relevant members of the church council that judiciously used for the purpose it was meant for.
Adeyemi also revealed that he never got a dime from the national level in the construction of the magnificent building that is situated in a swampy area stating that it was built solely by the efforts of the congregation.
A female member of the church who pleaded anonymity , described the churches’ officials who came to effect the pastor’s arrest as wicked and corrupt.
She said, “they should first of all account for the whole money they are collecting from different districts of the church before coming to ask for the account of this church. These people all fly first class seats to USA and other countries and their children are all studying abroad.”
"Go to our camp, it is nothing to write home about and nothing to
be compared with other churches’ camps despite the volume of
money that is collected in the church. Recently, some students
who went with their teachers to the camp had an accident on their way back and the church didn’t do anything.”
"They should go and put their houses in order before coming here to do this.