- A mild commotion took place at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God located at Ijapo Estate in Akure, Ondo
- Justice Oyebisi Folayemi Omoleye, a presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, was said to have stormed the church and confronted its pastors
- According to her, she meant to put an end to the noisy religious activities happening at the assembly
It was gathered that the female judge invaded the RCCG parish with a stick in her hands. She came in the company of her security guard. Some people alleged that she assaulted a few of its worshipers on Wednesday.
Some of the people allegedly attacked include Felix Solomon who is a pastor in the parish, Felicia Akindurojoye, an assistant pastor, and some others. According to SaharaReporters, the incident happened during the church's weekly programme called the Divine Encounter.
According to an eye witness, the judge stormed the church's building and began to film the congregation's activities. The undisclosed source said Justice Omoleye had always been known to be angry and irritant about the noise from the church during its religious activities.
The exact words of the eye witness were these: "This woman entered into the church alongside her security guard and she began to record a video of the worshipers with her mobile phone. Immediately, one of the presiding pastors saw her and went to inquire why was she filming congregational worshipers in the church.
"But she replied that she was on the church premises to record the activites of the worshipers as they always disturbed her peace. I noticed that the pastor was really not comfortable with her action but gave her the go-ahead to record the programme since it is a church.
"As a result of her action, many of the worshipers who attended the programme could not concentrate. And all of us was wondering what she was up to with the filming as she was busy recording our faces with her mobile phone. Just imagine, this woman stayed in the church and waited from 10 am when the programme started till 12 noon and busy filming the activity.
"She waited until the church was about to end its programme and again started to record the worshipers who were coming out of the church. The woman intentionally disrupted the church's programme because she complained too much that we disturbed her peace with activities of the church."
This undisclosed source went on to say that one of the female pastors in the church named Akindunjoye has approached the judge and asked her why she was filming what was going on. During the exchange that followed, the 68-year-old female minister was supposedly slapped and disgraced by the Justice:
"The Assistant Pastor, Akindunjoye, who is 68 years old was coming out of the church covering her face with her bag and asked the judge why she was recording her face and the people in the House of God.
But she replied that she had recorded everybody because the church is a fake one while those worshiping in the place are all evil people. Later, she attacked our pastor and slapped her repeatedly on her face and the pastor fell on the floor with blood gushing out of her mouth. We had to rush her to a hospital."
Olatunde Awoyelu, one of the head pastors in the church, revealed more about the incident. According to him, the judge had always complained about the activities in the assembly. In fact, she had attempted to have the church relocated.
"It is true, the woman came into the church today and started filming with her mobile phone all those in the congregation who were worshiping.
"We did allow her to film because this is a House of God but she began to act unseemly at the end of the programme. Some of our church members had to challenge her on the reason why she had to start filming their faces again even after the programme. Instead, she armed herself with a big stick, chasing and attacking people in the church.
"This same woman has come here several times to complain about our church's activities that we were always disturbing her peace in the estate. In fact, she made several attempts to evict us from the estate and we did all to resist her. But we told her that the church had been in this place before she bought her house and we even got the approval of the Ondo State Property Development Cooperation."
Dele Oyeshola, the pastor in charge of the Ondo RCCG Province 1 Church, confirmed Awoyelu's words: "Imagine a whole presiding judge of the Court of Appeal could stoop that low to such a level of attacking worshipers in a church. Even, the police that were patroling the Ijapo Estate witnessed the incident but seemed too helpless because she is a presiding judge.
"And I think the policemen were only careful because they knew she is a presiding judge but we called their DPO who later intervene and speak to her. One of the policemen was even asking the judge if she wanted to kill our assistant pastor because she hit the old woman on her thighs.
"She threatened that if the policeman came close her, she would slap and beat the woman again and nothing will happen. The judge's house is directly here beside our church building and she had always been waging war against us to move our property away from the estate."
One of the associates of Justice Omoleye tried to debunk all of the accusations made against the female judge by insinuating that the church in question wanted to paint her name in black.
"You know the honourable Justice would not want to speak to you as a journalist talkless of speaking on this issue. The church is only trying to paint her name (Justice Omoleye) in black for telling them to move away from the estate due to their disturbance in this vicinity," he said.
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