Police have arrested the controversial Ghanaian Preacher Bishop Daniel Obinim, who was seen in a viral video, flogging two people, purported to be his step children, for allegedly having sex and attempting to abort the resulting pregnancy. Watch the video here.
A private legal practitioner, Irene Aborchie had filed a complaint concerning the physical abuse, and Tema Police PRO, ASP Juliana Obeng stated that Obinim has been cautioned on the physical abuse case.
Obinim, the Founder of International God’s Way Church, was however, arrested for defrauding a man of GH¢11.6 million (about N964m) under false pretense.
A Ghanaian news medium, Joy News, reported that Obinim has been transferred from the Tema Police to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters for further interrogation.
The report stated that the CID PRO, ASP Joseph Darkwa, disclosed that some weeks ago, a complainant reported to the Tema Police that he gave an amount of GH¢780,000 to one Okomfo Gyapata of Mampong Nkwanta near Koforidua in the Eastern Region (on November 28, 2015) , to do a spiritual ritual to bless the money obtained from gold proceeds.
“According to the complainant, after some time, he realised that the Okomfo was not able to help him neither was he able to give him back his money, so he came to Bishop Obinim to report the matter so the Bishop would help him retrieve the money and do the rituals to bless the money for him,” Darkwa said.
Darkwa added that after Obinim heard the case, he told the complainant to bring the rest of the money (the GH¢11.6 million) to him (Obinim). This happened in June.
According to Darkwa, the complainant said that Obinim has not been able to do what was expected of him, and has no returned the money.
“We have just commenced investigations into this issue when we finish we will hand him over to Domestic Violence Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) to investigate the domestic violence issue,” ASP Darkwa said.
A private legal practitioner Irene Aborchie filed an official complaint with the police to investigate the issue.
Tema Police PRO ASP Juliana Obeng told Joy News that last week Friday, the Tema Police Command, through its DOVVSU department sent a letter to the Bishop to report to their offices for questioning but he failed to honour the invitation.
“He reported this morning and we spoke to him and have cautioned him on physical abuse…he has been taken to the national headquarters CID for further questioning. Meanwhile, his two other pastors who were seen in the video have also been cautioned except that the third pastor is yet to report,” she said.
Members of the church who were waiting for him to lead service at the Tema Community 9 branch were disappointed as the junior pastors thronged the police station to register their disappointment upon seeing him handcuffed into a police car to be transferred to Accra.