Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dirty drama rocks Lagos Celestial Church + How Evangelist led thugs to beat up church member …Oschoffa sets up disciplinary commitee

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S.B.J Oshoffa
Right now, parishioners at  Celestial Church of Christ, St SBJ Oschoffa Parish 1, Mosan in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, South West Nigeria  are very embittered with the activities of one of the leaders of the parish
, one Honorary Senior Evangelist Henry Oloyede Adelakun who is alleged to have become a thorn in the flesh of the parish and whose activities has warranted  the police at Moshalashi Police Station in Mosan area  to wade into the matter as a result of  a recent scandal that allegedly had H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun  leading a multitude of thugs and area boys  to the house of a church member, Mother Celestial  Oyegoke to beat her up with her entire family. The case was later reported to the Spiritual Head and Pastor of the CCC Worldwide, Reverend EMF Oschoffa on July 8th as some district heads of the CCC Church in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos in conjunction with some of the troubled members of the St SBJ Oschoffa Parish allegedly visited the Pastor at the Ketu International Headquarters to table the matter before The Pastor-in-Council.  Their visit is said to be as a result of an earlier petition sent to the international headquarters of the church detailing the many crisis that is rocking the Parish courtesy H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun’s indiscretion.
Pastor’s Reaction
However, the Pastor who was on his way to France for a global ministration promised to look into the matter and take a decision on his return from France; sources at the meeting confided in this blog that although the very gifted head of the CCC, World Wide Reverend Pastor Emmanuel Friday Mobiyina Oshoffa was not happy with all the dirty allegations leveled against H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun in the petition but he instructed some higher authorities in his office to look into the matter and ensure that discipline is ensured at the end of the matter.

Mobiyina Oshoffa
The birth of the crisis
According to information at the disposal of this blog the whole crisis started some years ago after H/S/E Adelakun finished his tenure as the chairman of the church’s parochial committee. The seat which is often run through appointment by the church’s council of elders is for tenure of 4 years before another person is appointed to take over. But sources alleged that in Adelakun’s case, his tenure was not only riddled with lack of accountability and transparency in terms of church funds and finances but at the expiration of his tenure he refused to hand over to the next appointed candidate, thereby choosing to stay on as the parochial committee chairman which led to division among church members as some members saw his effrontery as usurpation of the shepherd’s power.  
Some of the allegations in the letter against H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun which was made available to this blog are his constant fights and troubles with both the high and ordinary member of the parish. One of such is a fight he had with one Senior Evangelist Olasanmiju many years ago on the Mercy land of the church. The said Evangelist Olasanmiju is said to be an in-law to Adelakun as his wife, Prophetess Olasanmiju who is an elder sister to Adelakun is alleged to be instrumental to Adelakun’s joining of the church in 1999. Olasanmiju allegedly drew Adelakun’s anger when he became famous for his generosity to the development of the parish.  This allegedly drew Adelakun’s anger as he had a misunderstanding with his in-law and later allegedly tried to break his Olasanmiju’s head with a standing cross statue on a Sunday after church service. The show of shame took place on the church’s mercy land, a very sacred part of the church where prayers are being offered in silence.  But the quick intervention of one H/S/E Adekanbi and S/M/S/E Fakeye who wrestled the cross from his hand was said to have saved the situation.
More Dirty tales
In 2012, the same H/S/E Adelakun who is said to be a staff of the Defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Somolu branch in Lagos is alleged to have fought with one Sister Tina Olasehinde over some internal issues relating to the running of the affairs of the church. The crisis which allegedly shook the entire church as one Mother Celestial Awoyemi was said to have teamed up with him resulted in Adelakun who is not a shepherd of the church suspending Tina Olasehinde for 3 months.  Although the parish has a shepherd in the person of Venerable Most Senior Evangelist Julius Omoniyi but as it were, it seems the shepherd has abdicated his ecclesiastical responsibility to Adelakun as he is alleged to posses the power to hire and fire any member of the parish. On one occasion Adelakun was alleged to have thrown a lavish birthday party for the shepherd, Omoniyi where alcoholic drinks were served in the presence of children who were on spiritual confinement in the church premises.
One fight after another
Adelakun’s fight with L/S/S/E/S Tina Olasehinde was not the only alleged recorded rancor he had with a church member; during the 2013 adult harvest anniversary, the church leadership was said to have made one Honorary Senior Evangelist Ebunola Martins the Father of the Day for the harvest ceremony, but on arriving the church premises in the morning with one of his ally one Evangelist Anthony Irabor, H/S/E Adelakun who got a brochure of event from one of the ushers was said to have immediately went into a heavy rage when he saw that  Ebunola Martins was made the “Father of the Day” as he allegedly started shouting on top of his voice saying “Who is Martins in this parish? Who is he? Etc” and with that he brought lots of chaos to the service as the shepherd V/M/S/E Julius Omoniyi and one Superior Evangelist Okanlawon looked on helplessly. The whole event escalated when one of Adelakun’s allies Mother Celestial Awoyemi allegedly invited her son who is equally alleged to be a tout to bring his boys and beat everyone out of the church. The mater was later settled by a team of police officers inside the shepherd’s office through Superior Evangelist Okanlawon’s intervention.  And that particular harvest ceremony was said to have turned a still-born event.  Honorary Senior Evangelist Ebunola Martins was said to have stooped attending the church after the incident.
Adelakun is alleged to have recorded another rancor with one Prophetess Fadekemi who lost one of her twin child and couldn’t attend the church for a long time but on the first Sunday she appeared in church in 2013 she was said to have greeted H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun but to her greatest surprise the man of God turned and charged at her “Never in your life should you greet me again”. Nobody knew what could have warranted such action from a supposed man of God to a church member. Adelakun is also accused of dividing the fold by refusing to greet those he considered not to be in his good book.
Allegations Unlimited
Several allegations ranging from fetish activities, arrogance, and envy, cultism, breaking of Celestial Church tenets and rules by turning the church premises to an alcohol drinking pub after church service; a serious offence in the entire Celestial Church and several other atrocities are allegedly attached to his name.
However, the one that broke the camel back was the free-for-all fight of Sunday June 8th 2014 at the home of one the church members Mother Celestial Oyegoke. Eye witness account described the fight as “very fatal and brutal”. The whole crisis was alleged to have started after church service during a meeting with the church’s council of elders. As usual the meeting was said to have degenerated into a big argument as H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun and one Mother Celestial Oyegoke engaged themselves in hot exchange of words bordering on Adelakun’s alleged obnoxious activities in the church. But to the surprise of many, Adelakun allegedly leaped from his seat and dashed a heavy blow across M/C Oyegoke’s nose which led to serious commotion in the Shepherd’s office. The crisis again was halted by Superior Evangelist Okanlawon and the Shepherd Venerable Most Senior Evangelist Julius Omoniyi who immediately ended the meeting. But unknown to them, the war was yet over as H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun had more surprise package for Mother Celestial Oyegoke
The blood sucker in white garment
Later in the evening some members of the Parish decided to visit Mother Celestial Oyegoke at home and pacify her; and one of them was the new Parochial Chairman Senior Leader Andrew Aghaowa and his wife Lace Elder Sister Aghaowa in company of H/S/E Adekanbi, Assistant Leader Sunday, Assistant Leader Olumide, Cape Elder brother Kola, Mother Celestial Solanke were some of the members who were on their way to Mother Celestial Oyegoke’s home on an appeasement mission. But while approaching M/C Oyegoke’s street, H/S/E Adekanbi who was driving them in his car noticed a strange car trailing theirs and he waited for the car to pass by. But to the surprise of many, the occupant of the car turned out to be H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun’s son, Michael. When the elderly Adekanbi asked why he was trailing their car, the younger Adelakun allegedly answered rudely by saying “it was none of his business etc”, this made an elder in the group in the person of Mother Celestial Solanke to caution him by slapping him and the boy engaged the elderly woman in a brawl but he couldn’t go far with her as another member of the group Assistant Leader Olumide  was said to have held him back and Michael angrily left the scene  due to the crowd who chastised him.
But minutes later when they were settled inside Mother Celestial Oyegoke’s house, H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun’s son, Michael returned with one Elder brother Eti Philips who allegedly stormed M/C Oyegoke’s apartment to beat up H/S/E Adekanbi for daring to query his trailing of their car. The fight became free for all when H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun with his wife reportedly joined their unruly son, Michael in the drama of the absurd to beat up H/S/E Adekanbi and other members of the appeasement team inside Mother Celestial Oyegoke’s home.  Adelakun was said to have moved swiftly to Andrew Aghaowa (His Rival and new Parochial Chairman) and tore his Sultana garment from head to toe while Elder brother Eti Philips got a very big stone to hit H/S/E Adekanbi in the face. Michael Adelakun and his father H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun was alleged to have also pounced on H/S/E Adekanbi and beat the living day out of him until he passed out. The father, mother and son also allegedly got hold of Assistant Leader Olumide and beat him up before tearing up his garment as well. A group of thugs on the behest of Michael Adelakun later stormed the house and beat the hell out of the entire family, damaging properties and other valuables in the living room, kitchen and other sections of the apartment. What baffled many according to eye witness was the way H/S/E Henry Oloyede Adelakun despite wearin the revered Sultana dress was shouting “Mo fe muje, mo fe muje” (I want to suck blood 2x)  in the presence of the Shepherd Venerable Most Senior Evangelist Julius Omoniyi  who had rushed to the scene as a result of strident calls to his phone. Another thing that allegedly baffled the people was the way and manner Adelakun’s wife was shouting on top of her voice while her husband and son wrecked havoc saying “Leave my husband’s church; anyone who is not happy should leave the church for him, it is my husband’s church etc”.
Some of the victims of the mayhem later visited the Moshalasi Police station where they documented the case before obtaining documents for medical treatment of the wounded members at the General Hospital, Oke Odo as a result of their severe injuries.  For instance H/S/E Adekanbi’s mouth was allegedly stitched and since then his right eyeball has refused to function perfectly. H/S/E Adelakun on the other hand was not done as he put a call to another member of the appeasement team Cape Elde Brother Kola threatening him with death and spiritual attack. The evangelist allegedly said to Brother Kola on four occasions he called that “I will spend my last money to see that you are ruined spiritually”
How the Church leaderships will handle the crisis
Now the aggrieved church members want the CCC Authorities to suspend or rusticate Honorary Senior Evangelist Henry Oloyede Adelakun whom they alleged is also a cultist and his cohorts who were named in the petition. They also accused the shepherd in charge V/M/S/E Julius Omoniyi of colluding with Adelakun by not giving the Youth of the church a chance to operate against the rule of the church leadership which stipulates that the youth arm of every parish must conduct service for a Sunday in the month. They alleged that the leaders have banned all the church youths from operating and the church is likely to end as a pariah parish without the influence of the youth in the nearest future.
While this blog called to clarify the position of the Pastor on the St. SBJ Oschoffa Parish, Mosan crisis last weekend, a high authority in the Media Department of the International Headquarters, Ketu who pleaded anonymity as the Pastor has not instructed him to speak to the media told this blog that The Pastor is already looking into the matter and I don’t want you press men to pre-empt the position of the Pastor. He heard about the matter before he travelled abroad last Tuesday and he is billed to return at the end of this month”. On weather the Pastor is going to rusticate Adelakun and his cohorts, the source said “You know in the Celestial Church we don’t believe in sending people away because we believe it is God that owns the church. But we can only discipline you and warn you but if you refuse to tow the line of the spiritual authorities, we will leave you to the act of God”. Our source also advised us to speak with the shepherd of CCC Wonderland Parish, Iyana Ipaja whom he described as the leader of all the parishes in the area “I want you to talk to the Shepherd of Wonderland Parish before you do anything because he was there when the whole thing happened and he is like the DPO of the CCC parishes in Ipaja area; he will tell you more. The Police have also stepped into this matter but I would have appreciated it if you will allow the Pastor to return and take his decision so that the decision can be published and your report will be total” 

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