An Accra circuit court has dropped its bench warrant for the arrest of the founder of the International God’s Way Church Bishop Daniel Obinim and two others.
Obinim was due for court today but failed to appear with his counsel on time for proceedings to start but moment after the court issued the warrant and adjourned the case to December 13, Bishop Obinim, surfaced with his lawyer and prayed the court to rescind the warrant.
The court presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku dropped the decision.
They were charged for causing physical abuse, contrary to section 4 of the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit (DOVVSU) Act.
The controversial pastor who was angered by the couple’s amorous activity which has led to a pregnancy took the law into his hands and lashed the young man on his bare back before turning to the girl flogging her mercilessly with a belt in the full glare of his congregation.
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Throughout the punishment, Obinim is heard questioning the jobless youngman why he got the girl pregnant when he has no finances for her upkeep and the upbringing of the unborn child.
The girl who was unable to stand the flogging attempts to escape, but she was held by henchmen of the Bishop to enable the bishop mete out more beatings.
After subjecting the two to severe flogging for several minutes, Obinim orders his junior pastors to remove their belts and subject the couple to more flogging.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection reported the act of Obinim to DOVVSU.
In August 2016, the police arrested him over a money doubling scam.