Obinim supporters lock down Police Hq….Over his arrest for fraud

A policeman  trying to control the crowd at the CID.Photo Anita Nyarko-YirenkyiHundreds of worshippers of the International God’s Way Church besieged  the Nima Divisional Police Command and the Criminal Investigations Department(CID) of the Police Headquarters demanding for the release of their leader, Bishop Daniel Obinim who is being held for an alleged gold fraud involving GH¢11.6million.

As at 6a.m. the congregants had converged in buses and private cars at the Nima Police Station where Bishop Obinim spent the night.

When The Ghanaian Times got to the Nima Police Station some of the worshippers clad in red bands were chanting songs such as “Release Angel Obinim”, “We are proud of you daddy”, “No Obinim no Vote” and “Release Obinim now” among others.

The police had a hectic time in controlling the crowd and the media also had a tough time in the discharge of their duties since some were threatened by the congregants who attempted to assault them.

The Ghanaian Times correspondent, Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi who tried taking a picture of the event was threatened by the worshipers.

Other photo journalists taking pictures of the event were heckled by some of the worshipers, some of whom rained insults on the media.

Some of the worshipers were spotted praying while other were crying for the release of their leader.

Church leaders, his lawyers and the wife of Obinim, (Florence Obinim) were also seen at the premises trying to seek for his release.

At about 9:45a.m. Obinim and his associate pastor were moved from the Nima Police Station to the CID headquarters for  further interrogation but  no sooner had the police arrived there than the followers besieged the headquarters demanding the release of their head pastor.

The police had to use a water canon to spray water on the congregants who had picketed at the CID headquarters to disperse them.

The situation had caused heavy traffic on the roads leading to the Nima Police Station and the CID headquarters.

An attempt by The Ghanaian Times to get information from the officials of the CID on the next line of action did not yield any result as they were tight lip.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

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