Bishop Obinim Saga I am seeking justice - complainant in Obinim flogging case tells court

Madam Irene Abotchie-Nyahe made the comments under cross-examination after the defence counsel for Bishop Obinim accused her of seeking to use the case against his clients to gain popularity in the legal profession.

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The complainant in the Obinim flogging case has said her mission is to seek justice for the juveniles who were assaulted in open church by Bishop Daniel Obinim, Founder of God’s Way International Church.

Madam Irene Abotchie-Nyahe made the comments under cross-examination after the defence counsel for Bishop Obinim accused her of seeking to use the case against his clients to gain popularity in the legal profession.

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The witness, who is the  Director of Legal Assistance Network, a Human Rights organisation, denied her involvement in the case was to make herself relevant in the legal profession.

She also said she has been giving legal aid to many vulnerable people in Ghana.

Obinim was charged for causing physical abuse, contrary to section 4 of the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit (DOVVSU) Act.

The two other pastors have been charged with abetment.

Background

The controversial pastor who was angered by the couple’s amorous activity which has led to a pregnancy took the law into his hands and lashed the young man on his bare back before turning to the girl flogging her mercilessly with a belt in the full glare of his congregation.

READ ALSO: Obinim expected in court today over assault, fraud allegations

Throughout the punishment, Obinim is heard questioning the jobless young man why he got the girl pregnant when he has no finances for her upkeep and the upbringing of the unborn child.

The girl who was unable to stand the flogging attempts to escape, but she was held by henchmen of the Bishop to enable the bishop to mete out more beatings.

READ ALSO: Ghanaians should mind their own business - Obinim victims speak

After subjecting the two to severe flogging for several minutes, Obinim orders his junior pastors to remove their belts and subject the couple to more flogging.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection reported the act of Obinim to DOVVSU.

In August 2016, the police arrested him over a money-doubling scam.

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