No Place For Worship: As Court Orders Global Evangelical Church To Vacate Premises, Handover all Assets

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The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Comfort Asiamah has ordered the Global Evangelical Church, Teshie to vacate the premises and handover all assets belonging to Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Church, Teshie.

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After 27 years in court, it also granted a perpetual injunction restraining officers of the Global Evangelical Church from interfering with the properties of the EP Church, Teshie.

In court on Monday, January 25, 2021, the court also ordered the Land Title Registration office to issue EP Church with a new land title certificate covering the parcel of land in dispute.

The court said there was an issue of fraud in the earlier certificate issued regarding the said land in question which was acquired by the EP Church years back.

The court subsequently awarded a cost of GHc10, 000 against the Global Evangelical Church after Counsel for the plaintiffs, Dick Anyady, had prayed the court for GHc50,000.

“My Lord, we have engaged counsel and we need to pay them. We need some cost to okay our bitterness for the past 27 years. We pray for ghc50, 000 costs,” Counsel prayed the court.

The plaintiffs representing the – Evangelical presbyterian CHURCH, Teshie, were Catchist Emmanuel Danku and Seth Kofi Djeble.

The case has been pending in court since 1994.

Background

In brouhaha which ensued some years back, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana with some members calling themselves Revolutionary Guards, with the aim of taking over the leadership of the Church emerged. Subsequently,  a counter Group by the name of Defenders of the Faith also emegeded.

This was made up of some clergy of the Church who were opposed to the activities of the Revolutionary Guards.

At some places, there were violent clashes between the Defenders of the Faith and the Revolutionary Guards.

The EP church was able to wrestle power forcing the opposition to break away to form a new church which is known now as Global Evangelical Church.

Unfortunately, some of the Church’s properties such as chapels and Manses were usurped by the breakaway church, the Global Evangelical Church.

One of them is the Teshie Chapel which the EP Church has been battling to take over at the High Court over the past 27 years.

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