One Nosa Aigbogun, a member of the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel), Uwasota branch in Benin, Edo state, has been admitted in the hospital, after his sustained injuries from the beating giving to him by suspected thugs in military uniform, allegedly hired by Pastor Gideon Oyedepo.
The resident pastor who is a younger brother of the General Overseer of the church, Bishop David Oyedepo, was allegedly in the habit of harassing and assaulting members of his branch, slapping them at will.
Aigbogun said since he was transferred to their branch as a resident pastor, the younger Oyedepo has enthroned himself as emperor and has become a problem to members of the church.
Aigbogun said he was the latest to be slapped by Oyedepo, while appealing to the founder of the church, Bishop Oyedepo, to rescue them from further beatings from his younger brother.
His words: “I want concerned authorities to rescue us from him, we have received enough slaps. We are begging his elder brother, Bishop David Oyedepo, to save us from the overnight emperor before it 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, 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.