Police in Ghana are reportedly investigating an assault on a young couple who were flogged during a church service by a self-styled ‘Bishop’ – Daniel Obinim, above.
Obinim, of the International God’s Way Church, whipped the couple and chastising them for fornication in front of a cheering congregation. The assault was filmed and posted on YouTube.
Obinim refuses to apologise for the floggings, defiantly saying:
Any person who is demanding an apology from me or calling for my arrest for flogging my adopted children is unintelligent.
It was reported last Friday that lawyers filed a lawsuit against Obinim for assaulting the couple. Francis Xavier Sosu, a human rights lawyer, and two others are claiming that the pastor violated the dignity of the victims and dehumanised them.
The complainants also mentioned that the incident is not the first time members of the church were subjected to cruel treatment by Obinim.
Nana Oye Lithur, The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, posted on her Facebook account that she has reported Obinim to the Accra Regional Domestic Victims and Violence Support Unit (DOVVSU) Office for investigation.
We have been informed that the Police have commenced investigations into the matter and a complaint has also been filed against him at the Tema Regional Police. We will keep you posted on further developments.
This report contains further details of the incident. His female victim, who was pregnant, was:
Flogged mercilessly with a belt in the full glare of his congregation.
The woman attempted to escape, but she was held by henchmen of the “bishop” who meted out more beatings.
After subjecting the two to severe flogging for several minutes, Obinim ordered his junior pastors to remove their belts and continue the flogging.
Obinim has been involved in several controversies in the past. According to a 2011 article from Vibe Ghana, the pastor admitted to having sex with the wife of a junior pastor.