The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and the Christ Embassy are currently locked in a dispute over a parcel of land located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and the two leaders of the churches, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome are stoking the crisis by their actions and inactions.
The two churches claim ownership of the land, spread across Oloke, Asese, Maba and Gideon Villages in Ogun State and have been unleashing torrent of criticism and employing mercenaries to tackle each other.
In March there was a big fight between mercenaries of the two churches on the controversial land where some lost their lives. The Christ Embassy’s thugs were led by one Lukman Jimoh popularly known as Ogo Oluwa and they drove to the place in a Volvo Car and Toyota Hiace Bus.
Orijoreporter was told that recently RCCG petitioned the Inspector General of Police, and asked him to intervene in the case of trespass on the church land and the malicious damaged to the church property.
In the petition, a copy made available to orijoreporter, while recounting how they came about the property, RCCG said that despite the fact that the land falls under the government acquisition area, the church had in June 1999 paid ratification fees for the land to the late Alhaji Tajudeen Ogoluwa (Lukman’s father) who gave the church a Deed of Surrender signed by him and witnessed by one Waidi Ogunsesan.
The church said that it was also given allocation of the land for 99 years by the Ogun State Government in a letter signed by the Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Surveyor Gbenga Ogunnoike.
RCCG also alleged that Ogun State Government issued a Certificate of Occupancy with the number 025748, dated November 7, 2006 and signed by the governor to the church.
The IG it was gathered, directed the Eleweran Police Headquarter in Ogun State to resolve the matter since the two supposed men of God, Pastor Adeboye and Pastor Oyakhilome could not come to an unanimous accord.