FACES 7 CHARGES
By Ivy Benson & Helena Selby
Police prosecutors have brought fresh charges against the Founder of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, following acts of violence he exhibited at an Accra-based Radio Station, Hot FM, when he appeared in court yesterday, together with two of his associate pastors.
Bishop Obinim, 33, together with his accomplices, Pastor Kingsley Baah, 25, and Pastor Kofi Akwetteh, 35, are now facing seven counts of unlawful entry, unlawful damage, assault, and use of offensive weapon.
The accused persons have, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against them, and the court, presided over by Mr. Kyei Baffour, admitted them to bail to re-appear on September 26.
The police, however, withdrew the previous charges leveled against the accused persons. The court was informed that the new docket on the case had been sent to the Attorney General for advice, since the charge of using an offensive weapon is a first degree felony.
The facts of the case, as presented by ASP Reindolf Agyemang, are that on August 8, this year, at about 9:40 p.m., there was an on-going programme on Hot FM, dubbed ‘Nya Asem Hwe’, being hosted by Kwame Ntim Katakyie.
According to the prosecutor, one of the topics discussed was the alleged sex scandal involving Bishop Obinim, following which the accused person’s name was mentioned in the course of the programme, together with his alleged tape recording about the issue being played on air.
Additionally, ASP Agyemang indicated that the programme highlighted issues about Bishop Obinim’s wife and the associate pastors. “The accused persons, on hearing their issue being discussed, stormed the FM station with a pinch bar, and started vandalising the sliding glasses and other studio equipment,” the prosecutor told the court.
Studio equipment vandalised by the accused persons include a voice processor, valued at GH¢7,500, telos hybria, valued at GH¢18,000, head phone distributor, valued at GH¢6,000, two CD players, also valued at GH¢4,500, three telephone sets at the cost of GH¢2,250, one dell desk top personal computer valued at GH¢450, one Toshiba laptop, valued at GH¢750, and one Samsung laptop, valued at GH¢1,600.
The rest of the items include one phone, valued at GH¢800, one console, valued at GH¢18,000, one electro voice microphone, valued at GH¢3,750, one stand, valued at GH¢2,250, glass doors, valued at GH¢20,000, and 1k FM transmitter, valued at GH¢45.
The total cost of all the items was put at GH¢130,850. He noted that the first accused person, Bishop Obinim, in addition, allegedly harmed one Paul Kwame Ntim Katakyie with a metal bar.
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