There was mild drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Glory Tabernacle parish, at Ijapo Estate in Akure, Ondo State capital, when Justice Oyebisi Folayemi Omoleye, a presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, confronted the church’s parishioner over its noisy religious activities.
It was gathered that Justice Omoleye, wielding a stick in her hand, invaded the RCCG Church, in company of her security guard and allegedly assaulted some of its worshipers on Wednesday.
Felix Solomon, a pastor in the parish, Felicia Akindurojoye, an assistant pastor and some others were reportedly injured by Justice Omoleye during the attack.
It was gathered that the incident happened during the church’s weekly programme called the Divine Encounter. Explaining what happened, an eyewitness said the judge dashed into the church’s building and began to film the congregation’s activities.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Justice Omoleye had always been furious about the noise from the church during its religious activities.
According to the source, one of the pastors challenged Justice Omoleye when she discovered that the judge was recording the church’s activities on her mobile phone.
“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,” he disclosed.
One of the heads of the church, Olatunde Awoyelu, also confirmed the incident.
Awoyelu, who doubled as the administrative officer of the church, accused the judge of intimidating the church because of her status.
He explained that Justice Omoleye had complained about the disturbance caused by the church during its weekly programme and had attempted in the past to have the church relocated.
Dele Oyeshola, Pastor-in-Charge of the Ondo RCCG Province 1 Church, also confirmed the incident, noting that Justice Omoleye had always been against the siting of the church beside her residence.
However, he added that the church authority has reported the attack to the regional pastor in RCCG Ondo province 22, who directed that a petition be filed against the judge.
All efforts to speak with Justice Omoleye on the allegations of were unsuccessful.
However, one of his associates who were contacted said Justice Omoleye was not willing to talk.
“You know the honorable Justice would not want to speak to you as a journalist talk less 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.
Also, the Ondo State Police Command said it could not comment on the issue as it had received no report regarding the incident.