Describing the incident as completely unacceptable, the lawyer sues Obinim, stressing that such actions should never be allowed in a country like Ghana in this 21st century!
A private legal practitioner, Franci-Xavier Sosu together with two others, Daniel Agbavor, and Lawyer Irene Aborchie, have reportedly sued the Founder of the International Godsway Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim for assault and violation of human dignity according to Article 15 of Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
It has been in the news that Obinim mercilessly flogged two teenagers, a boy and a girl aged 16 and 14 respectively during a church service for engaging in sexual acts which subsequently resulted in pregnancy and attempted abortion.
Video of the brutal flogging has since gone viral with a good section of the public shuddering at the scandalous act. Apart from the recent suit by lawyer Sosu, Minister of Gender and Social Protection, Oye Lithur has also reported Obinim to the Accra Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support (DOVVS).
Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu, who harshly condemned the act insists that Obinim has infringed the law by his actions and should not be left to go unpunished. To achieve this, the lawyer together with the two aforementioned persons has filed a suit against the church leader.
Speaking in an interview, the Human Rights activist insists that Obinim must be made to appear before a court to answer questions on human rights infringement. Hence, the lawyer sues Obinim, saying he will pray the court to do the following:
- To make a declaration that the conduct of Obinim in flogging his church members in the open violates their dignity.
- That the conduct amounts to a dehumanizing and degrading treatment.
- That Obinim’s conduct violates Ghana’s obligation under the UN convention on the Civil and Political rights of people.
- That it restrains Obinim and his church from further violating the rights of Ghanaians in that manner because there are several documentations to the fact that he has violated the rights of some of his church members in the past including stepping on a pregnant woman on the grounds that he was healing her.
Meanwhile, Obinim who has remained defiant after the incident says that those calling for his arrest and prosecution are not wise enough [see full story here]. He claimed that the teenagers are his adopted children. He therefore argued that the lashing was a fatherly discipline of his children. According to him, critics are supposed to make inquiries into situations that led to his action before passing judgments.