Sup. Evang. Kayode Ajala, M.P.I.C –
The Celestial Church of Christ, Overcomers Parish, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos, was razed to the ground by an angry mob, shortly after the New Moon Service of Thursday, 1st June, 2023. The arson was triggered by the death of an Hausa man who was contracted to evacuate the overflowing soak-away in the church premises. The deceased Hausa man also doubles as an Okada rider in the neighbourhood.
However, contrary to the false narrative making the rounds that the Parish was burnt because the deceased’s body was mutilated and human parts removed, C.C.C. Media presents the facts of what actually happened.
-The deceased Hausa man known as Dongo was quite popular in the neighbourhood and was known for the job of evacuating overflowing soak-aways. He also doubled as an Okada rider.
-The deceased Hausa man, Dongo, was contracted to evacuate the soak-away in the premises of Celestial Church of Christ, Overcomers Parish, and was actually paid for the job three days before the unfortunate incident.
-The deceased Hausa man, Dongo, out of his own volition, chose to do the job on the night of Thursday, 1st June, 2023. This was while the New Moon Service was in progress.
-The Shepherd in Charge of the Parish, VSE Aso James, was busy in the inner altar as he was the Service Conductor.
-While carrying out the job he was engaged for, the deceased Hausa man, Dongo, slipped and fell into the soak-away.
-The Assistant Shepherd of the Parish, Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo, who was supervising Dongo as he carried out the job immediately tried to rescue Dongo and in the process, he also fell into the soak-away.
-Church members alerted by the shouts for help abandoned the Service and began a rescue operation for the two people that had fallen into the soak-away.
-The lifeless body of Dongo was eventually brought out, while the unconscious body of the Assistant Shepherd, Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo, was also brought out of the soak-away.
-The unconscious Assistant Shepherd, Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo, was rushed to the hospital, while the lifeless body of Dongo was also taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
-The family of the deceased Hausa man, Dongo, took custody of his remains with all parts of the body in place.
-The Police also attest to the fact that no part of Dongo’s body was tampered with.
-The arson at the Overcomers Parish was carried out by an angry mob largely made up of ‘area boys’ and Okada riders who also attacked the Shepherd of the Parish, VSE Aso James, and inflicted grievous bodily harm on him.
-The Hausas in the neighbourhood are doing a house-to-house search, on a repraisal attack, looking for Celestial Church members with the intention to harm them. Many C.C.C. members in the neighbourhood have since abandoned their homes and gone into hiding.
-VSE Aso James (Shepherd) and Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo (Assistant Shepherd) are presently hospitalised and in critical condition.
Members of the public should disregard any other narrative meant to tarnish the name and image of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide.
The Celestial Church of Christ is a Bible believing church focussed on evangelizing the world through the proclamation of the word – the good news of the Messiah Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God; in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, proclaiming deliverance to those bound by the shackles of Satan, healing the broken-hearted, the sick, the deformed, restoring hope to the hopeless and those who are bound, while reinforcing the faith of all – both feeble and strong in the unfailing righteousness and faithfulness of God Almighty and Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour.