Amnesty International Ghana has joined in the chorus for the arrest of the Founder and General Overseer of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim.
The Man of God who has been embroiled in series of controversies, has been captured on a three-minute video subjecting a 19-year old pregnant church member of his to severe beatings with a black leather belt, accusing her of fornication.
The young man believed to have impregnated the girl equally had his fare share of beatings according to the video that has gone viral on various media platforms.
An Aide to Bishop Obinim Joseph Oppong Brenya who justify the action, indicated that he chose that punitive action to serve as a deterrent to others during prophecy time when he was in the ‘spirit’.
“As a father if your child goes wrong you have to discipline them to serve as a deterrent to others. Impregnating the lady is not the problem but terminating it, which is very bad. And as a man of God he [Obinim] will not tolerate such action in his church or even among his children and that is why he called and punished them to serve as a deterrent to others who will want to engage in things like that.
“He [the boy] bought drugs and gave it to the young lady to terminate the pregnancy; any father on this earth will take that action. The girl nearly lost her life,” he claimed.
Mr Brenya revealed that the Man of God pays their bills and everything they need is provided for by the pastor and their family is aware of this.
According to him, Bishop Obinim is not disturbed about the criticisms from a section of the public.
But Director of Amnesty International Ghana Lawrence Amesu has described his conduct is barbaric and criminal, warranting an immediate arrest.
“…The public should be really upset,” he said Thursday in an interview with Accra based 3FM and that must be strongly condemned.
“…For Amnesty International,” said Mr. Amesu “we think that Bishop Obinim is going beyond his jurisdiction at this time. This is a criminal offence [and] he should be arrested by the Police.”
According to him, the notorious man of God’s conduct in the said video is a grave human right abuse stressing that Amnesty international and indeed all other Human Rights activists, condemn “this action totally.”