Confusion in court as Pastor orders members to attack journalists in Bayelsa


There was pandemonium at the Magistrate Court 3 in Yenegoa, the capital of Bayelsa State after the General overseer of God Is Able Mega Fire Ministry, Kingsley Abiekunogho instructed his members to attack pressmen who were at the venue to cover his trial.
A suit accusing the clergyman of obtaining a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and money by trick was filed against him by one of his members, Seiyefa Saiyouk.
Pastor Abiekunogho had reportedly ordered his followers present to shield him from the journalists while he made his way to a waiting car that would speed away with him after the hearing.
Laila News reports that his plan, however, apparently failed as the church members could not cover him from the prying eyes and cameras of the reporters.
Angered by the agility of the journalists who managed to get shots of him, Abiekunogho ordered his followers to beat up the journalists.
According to Independent News, The church members, acting on his directive, descended heavily on the journalists who were waiting outside the court, having earlier been ordered to leave the courtroom by the Magistrate who heard the case in camera.
The church members, numbering over 100, beat up the journalists and damaged the camera belonging to the Correspondent of TVCNN while the Silverbird TV reporter was lucky to have escaped the onslaught.
While the drama lasted, the pastor was whisked away by some of his members while others continued the assault on the journalists, causing a commotion in the court premises.
The intervention of policemen in the court premises brought the situation under control as they rescued the distressed reporter from the mob action.
The assault on the journalists was reported to the Division ‘A’ Police Station where the issue is still being investigated.The case was adjourned to March 24, 2018, for further hearing.
Abiekunogho was alleged to have fraudulently obtained a Toyota Sports Utility Vehicle and the sum of N20,000 from Saiyou, his church member, in exchange for spiritual breakthroughs.
The cleric had promised the church member that he would receive the items in two folds after two weeks.
One month after he did not receive any breakthroughs, Saiyou decided to seek legal redress after several days of attempts to retrieve his SUV failed.

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