Peace To Return In Assembles of God As S'Court Upholds Rev Chidi Okafor

The lingering leadership tussle in Assemblies of God, AG was today laid to rest as the Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement by its five-man panel, ruled in favour of the church to uphold Rev Chidi Okafor.

The apex court dismissed an appeal by the suspended General Superintendent of the church Rev Paul Emeka challenging his suspension and afterwards dismissal from the Assemblies of God Church.

In a lead judgement by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeal in Enugu which had upheld the suspension and dismissal of appellant by the church.

The apex court held that there was no proper proof that the suit at the trial court was properly served on the respondents as required by law.

The Supreme Court held that it was wrong for the appellant to have served his originating summons filed before the the Enugu State High Court , on No.
5 , Mbalano Street Enugu , in Enugu State ,when the order of the court was specific and categorical that the process should be served on Evangel House of the church in Enugu.

It held that the case of wrongful service was clear from the affidavit deposed to by a court bailiff in Enugu, stating that he served the originating summons on one Shadrack Lawrence through one Richard Ake when the Enugu High Court ordered that the summons must be taken to the Evangel House of the church.

According to Justice Kekere-Ekun, in the eyes of the law , the originating summons was not served on the proper party as required by law .

She therefore held that the respondent could not be held liable because the issue of service was a fundamental one in law.

She held that the purported service wrongly effected was null and void and no suit could be validly built on it.

On the appellant ’s alleged violation of his fair hearing by the church, the apex court held that the fundamental human right as enshrined in the Chapter Four of the 1999 constitution did not cover a head of church sacked and expelled by the church.

The apex court added that the right to be a member of a church was not a right recognised under the Chapter Four of the 1999 Constitution.

Justice Kekere- Ekun ruled , “ Being a pastor , General Superintendent and member of a church is not a fundamental right as envisaged in the 1999 Constitution.

“ The remedy for the removal of the appellant as a pastor , General Superintendent and a member of the respondent, does not fall within section 36 because the right.


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