The controversial Bishop Obinim spent the entire day yesterday at the Tema Regional Police’s premises as they begun investigations into an earlier case of him flogging two church members.
Reports however indicate that, Obinim has already been invited by the police for an issue of defrauding a man up to a tune of GH¢11.6 million but refused to show at the police station for investigations, so he was sent to the CID headquarters for investigations of the fraud case to begin.
It must be recalled also that, several lawyers and human right activists lodged complaints to the police to investigate the issue of him flogging his two church members for fornication .
According to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) PRO, ASP Joseph Darkwa, a complainant came to the Tema Police some few weeks ago to report that he gave an amount of GH¢780,000 to Okomfo Gyapata of Mampong Nkwanta near Koforidua in the Eastern Region to do a spiritual ritual to bless the money.
“According to the complainant, after some time, he realised that the Okomfo was not able to help him neither was he able to give him back his money, so he came to Bishop Obinim to report the matter so the Bishop would help him retrieve the money and do the rituals to bless the money for him,” he said.
ASP Darkwa said it was based on that that Bishop Obinim asked him to bring the rest of the gold money which amounted to GH¢11.6 million belonging to the family.
The complaint told the police since he gave the money to the Bishop, he has not been able to do what he was expected to do neither was he given his money.
The complainant said he gave the money to Okomfo Gyapata on November 28, 2015, but the money he gave to Bishop Obinim was in June this year.
The CID PRO told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh on Newsnite that the complainant has not lodged a complaint against Okomfo Gyata as yet but if it becomes necessary that they have to involve him they would do so.
“We have just commerce investigation into this issue, when we finish we will hand him over to Domestic Violence Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) to investigate the domestic violence issue,” ASP Darkwa said.
A video of the man of God flogging the two with a belt went viral on social media recently, drawing widespread criticism.
Bishop Obinim has defended the action insisting they deserved it for engaging in fornication and attempting an abortion.
The Gender and Social Protection Ministry filed an official complaint with the police to investigate the issue.
We would gather more on the story and update you.