Bloody Fight In C&S Church

The General Over­seer, Prophet Obas Kayode of Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church has narrowly escaped death following a bloody clash over the control of a wing of the church and bitter leadership tussle over alleged fi­nancial impropriety.

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Church loyalists to the sons of the founding General Overseer of the church, Prophet Oni Jolugba on May 19, 2014 were allegedly said to have razed down the pastor’s multi-million naira 50 room hotel,  pharmaceutical company in Isanlu, Kogi State, 10 ve­hicles belonging to guests, three cars in the pastor’s residence and locking up his wife.

Trouble started last year when the disagreement occurred between the Pastor and the two biological children of the founding GO Jolugba; Tope and Michael allegedly over the plans to sell the head­quarters of the church to another denomi­nation which led to the intervention of the tradi­tional ruler of the town and some leaders of the community who advised Jolugba’s suc­cessor to leave the church property for the founder’s children and find another place of worship.

As a result, Obas and some members of the church were said to have relocated to an­other building as their new worship centre. Tope and Michael were however alleged to have gone there on February 16 this year to set the house ablaze.

Findings reveal that the church was founded by late Prophet Oni Jolugba, an itinerant tailor who received the call of God in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State in the early 70s. With time, the church grew in leaps and bounds as Jolugba acclaimed to be a miracle working prophet became renowned with the calibre of worshippers and patron­age such that the founder, a stark illiterate soon became an international guest in the UK and US where he has branches.

Due to the swift expansion, it was gath­ered,  the founder had to relocate the head­quarters of the church to his country home, Isanlu, headquarters of Yagba East local gov­ernment area of Kogi State for easy admin­istration.

It was further learnt that Obas Kayode, an orphan from Mopa, a neigbouring town, was adopted as a foster son and brought up by Jolugba.

Obas now in his 40s was said to be so submissive to the founder, that he ( Jolugba) trained him through school and he graduated as a pharmacist from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 1997.

It was also learnt that after his internship and youth service, Obas settled down in Isan­lu and started to operate a pharmacy shop which later became the largest drug store in the entire local government area.

He was also said to have added hospitality business into his area of interest by building a-50-bedroom hotel in the town.

Few years to his death, Jolugba, the found­er of the church was said to have declared in one of their national conventions that Obas was his next successor and even went ahead to anoint and consecrate him as such in the presence of trustee members and the council of elders of the church. He was said to have passed on in July 2011 after which Obas be­came the substantive GO.

The pastor, Kayode Obas speaking on the attack said: “Their target was to sell the church head­quarter to another denomination, we are not quarreling with them over Baba’s personal property, but the headquarters was collec­tively built by us. We even left the building for them as advised by elders, but they came to where we hired and burnt it down again, I have lost over N750 million including cars, buildings and other property.

“Some people in the town are inciting them against me, because they say I am not a native of the town and have amassed so much wealth, so they are hiding under this crisis to ruin and even kill me. The children 13 to their dad, but I showed them all the docusaid all the property I laboured for belonged ments of my business registration, no where was the name of Jolugba seen as business partner or the owner of the business.­

“They said because I used Jolu- Kayo as my business name, the company is jointly owned by me and their father whereas I used that acronym to honour their dad who is also my foster dad. The member representing Yagba East constituency, Henry Ojuola was one of them, he even came to our church to incite members against us and he was the one who went to bail those arrested over the cri­sis, he is also boasting that no body will be prosecuted over the case.

When contacted on the crisis, the deputy general leader of the church who is based in Omuo Ekiti, Suprintendent A. A Adeyemo said “ these boys don’t understand anything about Jah Zion Church, when we were con­tributing money to build the church, the chil­dren were no where to be found, they were even attending a different church with their mum.”

Also speaking on the issue, Special Apos­tle Oluyori who is in charge of the church in Akure, Ondo State said “we have talked to these children they are adamant, children don’t inherit their father’s church, I am a co- founder of the church but since Baba handed over the church to Obas Kayode, we must fol­low him.”

The leader of the church in Kabba, Apostle Peter Jimoh in his own reaction said, “these children want to destroy the good name of their father. We are not interested in their father’s personal property, but the church belongs to us, and Jolugba. Before he died, he handed over the leadership of the church to Obas Kayode, and wherever he is going, that’s where we will go.”

Meanwhile Hon. Henry Ojuola has however denied the allegations saying: How can I incite people to burn his prop­erty? I truly went to their church to preach peace to them and not to incite anybody against him. While reacting to bailing the suspects he said: “Yes I took their bail at the police station, because they are members of my constituency, even those recently arrested for the burning, I will go and give them N10, 000 for feeding. Until the law court pronounces them guilty, I can not do so, it is only natural that as their representative, any time anybody runs into trouble, they will call me, that is all”.

Efforts to get the reaction of Michael and Tope Jolugba as well as their mum proved abortive.

Source: Daily Sun Newspaper

6 COMMENTS

  1. Useless Hon. are u judgethat you will go and preach peace inciting youths against themselves while other lawmakers are training youth on ssolve sufficency he is not even shamed to say he will go and give money to those who burn and destroy houses and did not even contact those whose houses are burn people like lawyer Ojuola shld not leave among human being talk less of representing them.

  2. Proliferation of church is due to lust for earthly gain. Church is not a property of individual. The misconception is delibrate due to selfishness of individuals. No family has the right to lay claim on a church. You can be a founder of the earthly built church or what is better described as temple, a place of worship.
    The real founder of church is Christ Jesus. He dwells in you and I if you believe him. An unseing guest, the savior of the world.
    No individual has ever solely built a church, members of the congregation contribute to see to completion of the building including the interior decoration, renovations, maintenance and sustenance.
    It is greed and covetousness that makes family to turn it to an inherited property. A property that many people jointly contributed to make up now been claimed by a family is wrong.
    That is why constitution establishing each church should be reviewed and revisited as frequently as possible to call the attention of vagabond children of General Overseer of the church of the fact that it is a public property not to be inherited by them. Doing this will also erase the act of leadership tussles in churses.
    This is where the question of whether government should tax churches and mosques? Individuals making money from these house of worship are part of society and they treat them as personal properties and money making business.
    The dignity and integrity of these places of worship are questionable now. If a place of worship is established by individual and it turns to family inheritance, can we call it a religion property? All these and many questions need to be addressed in order to maintain the sanctity of our religion houses.

  3. Don’t mind d yeye hon. Hon my foot. There are one thousand and one pple arrested for no just cause in his consistency. He shld go bail those. I totally agree wit peter

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