Reacting to the complaints, Oye Lithur reports Obinim to the Accra Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) for investigations to be conducted on the incident
Following the untold criticisms and complaints regarding Obinim’s flogging of two teenagers in his church for fornication, Minister of Gender and Social Protection Oye Lithur, has decided to do something about the situation. Reacting to the complaints, Oye Lithur reports Obinim to the Accra Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), for investigations to be conducted on the incident. This was revealed on the minister’s Facebook wall.
Responding to the complaints from the public also, the police announced yesterday that it will investigate the matter. These reactions follow a rather disturbing video showing the founder of International God’s Way Church Obinim, flogging two teenagers who were said to have indulged in sexual intercourse. The activity which reportedly led to pregnancy, and subsequently abortion, angered the pastor who took out his belt and began flogging them both.
The girl who could not bear the pain anymore, ran to Bishop Obinim’s wife Florence who moved away from her on her husband’s order. She was later brought back and restrained while the pastor flogged them both. After subjecting the two to severe flogging for several minutes, Obinim ordered his junior pastors to remove their belts and subject the couple to more flogging.
The video, recorded from a live Broadcast went viral, causing an uproar on social media. The viral video has attracted lots of criticisms against the pastor. A large section of the public have been of the opinion that the controversial pastor infringed the rights of the teenagers, and should be brought to book.
More so, Amnesty International have called for the arrest of the pastor. Director of the group Lawrence Amesu, who spoke to 3FM said that, Bishop Obinim abused the rights of the two by carrying out the barbaric act. He called on all human rights activists to condemn the act totally.
Defending the pastor, lead members of the International God’s Way Church have urged the public not to misunderstand what they saw in the video, as the pastor was only acting like a father in the situation.