14th March, 2012
The police in Ikotun division Lagos prevented a religious crisis after seven devotees of condemned Rev. King allegedly went to the home of Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations at Egbe-Ikotun and verbally attacked him.
The seven devotees suspected to be members of the of Christian Praying Assembly, CPA, founded by the condemned Rev. King, were arrested and charged to Ejigbo Magistrates’ court Lagos State Southwest Nigeria, for allegedly attacking T. B. Joshua.
The suspects include Nwachukwu Ngoma, 50, Peace Chinwendu, 28, Peter Emodi, 20, Obuwase Wisdom, Ngozi Ikechukwu, 40, Chinyere Nwoke, 45, and Eze Chinyere, 35.
The suspects and others now at large were alleged to have pretended that they were preaching the gospel and stood in front of Prophet Joshua’s home and casting aspersion on the man of God.
Apart from Joshua, other men of God including Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Pastor Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church and Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, were not spared by the devotees who called them thieves and fraudsters and rained curses on them.
Their action created religious tension in the area and the residents denounced their preaching and called the police.
A team of policemen from Ikotun went there to disperse them and arrested the seven suspects while others fled.
It was not yet clear why they did that but P.M.NEWS gathered that the group was not happy with the increasing popularity of some men of God including Joshua.
The were charged before the court on a two-count charge of felony and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace under sections 516 and 249 of the Criminal Code Cap 17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State 2003.
They pleaded not guilty.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The matter was adjourned till 5 April 2012.
They defendants were ordered to be reporting to the court every day until their bail was perfected.