Mr. Nosa Aigbogun, a member of the Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel) has been reportedly hospitalized after Pastor Gideon Oyedepo, a younger brother of Bishop David Oyedepo, allegedly used thugs in military uniform to attack him.
Pastor Oyedepo, who is the resident pastor of Uwasota branch in Benin, Edo state, was also accused of slapping Aigbogun and other church members at will.
Aigbogun, who currently recuperating at an undisclosed medical facility in Benin, has however called on concerned authorities and security agencies in Edo state to come to the rescue of members over the continued harassment from the younger Oyedepo.
He accused the cleric further of constantly harassing and assaulting members of his branch, slapping them at will.
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He said since he was transferred to their branch as resident pastor, the man of God has enthroned himself as emperor and a problem to members of the church.
He appealed to the founder of the church, Bishop Oyedepo, to rescue them from further beatings from his younger brother.
“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 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 embattled pastor threatened that should his elder brother who owns the church acted on complaints of the church members and perhaps dropped him, he will form a white garment church of his own.
Effort to get reaction from Pastor Gideon Oyedepo failed, as he neither responds to a call made to his mobile phone, nor respond to text message sent to him.