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Pastor Who Sued Church Member For Demanding Return Of His Lexus SUV After ‘Failed Prophecy’ Agrees To Settle Out Of Court

Posted by Samuel on Fri 10th May, 2024 -

The out-of-court settlement was reached at Ebrumede Police Station on Sunday following the arrest of the pastor.

David Emmanuel Ovie

The Head Pastor and General Overseer of the God in Action Liberation Mission, Dr. David Emmanuel Ovie, and a member of his church who demanded the return of his SUV from the cleric after an alleged failed prophecy, have come to an agreement to resolve the issues out of court.

The out-of-court settlement was reached at Ebrumede Police Station on Sunday following the arrest of the pastor.

The church member, Temitope Monday Diamond who gave his Lexus RX330 to the church after a prophecy told SaharaReporters on Friday that the pastor had agreed to pay N4.5 million for the car.

He said the pastor had already N2 million, remaining a balance of N2.5 million.

He said, "We arrested the pastor on Sunday and the main plan was to charge him to court, but the DPO pleaded with us to settle the matter amicably in his office, that we should let him pay the money.

"But we refused to take N4 million initially agreed due to the fact that we have spent a lot of money on paying lawyer and community youths among other expenses.

"Our lawyer told them to bring N5 million because of expenses we have made on this matter but they pleaded and we arrived at N4.5 million. He has paid N2 million out of the money while his car has been kept in the station until he brings the balance of N2.5 million.”

SaharaReporters had reported how Emmanuel Ovie slammed a five hundred million naira (N500 million) suit on the church member who demanded the return of his SUV from the church after an alleged failed prophecy.

Temitope earlier told SaharaReporters that the pastor of the church at Okuokoko in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State asked him to sacrifice his most precious property so that things could work well for him financially.

He said, "This pastor told me to sacrifice my most precious property so that things will be working well for me financially which I did by sacrificing my vehicle, Lexus RX330.

"After four months and things had not picked up as he said, my wife called him to know what was happening but he got angry and told me that my wife was rude and that he wanted to refund the money he got when he sold the vehicle - which is N4 million.

"We have been waiting for him to send the money since around December and January but he has refused to do so. We called and texted him but no response, we had to go to the church with a few friends and two soldiers who were not armed, just to accompany us (for security purposes).

"He called the youths of the community to beat us up before handing us over to Ebrumede police station. When we got there, we were detained. We later got bailed with N200,000 before the Divisional Police Officer could hear from us. The DPO called us to his office and we narrated everything to him as the pastor lied to him that we were kidnappers.

"The DPO judged the case in our favour and demanded that the car be refunded or he should pay the N4 million he made from selling the car. He agreed that he would be paying one million naira every week in February so that by month's end, he would finish paying the money.

"By the second week of March, he still hadn't paid a penny. Then the IPO in charge of the case called to tell us that the lawyer was pleading on his behalf and that he would be paying one million naira every month end. Then I got angry and said if he (the pastor) wanted to stress me over the money, he should return my car for breaching the agreement we had at the DPO's office.

"We later heard that he filed a suit against us at Orerokpe High Court. The court was to sit on Monday, April 15 but was adjourned to May 10.

"The lawsuit says he is suing us for N500 million for coming to his church with an army and that the car cannot be returned because it had been sold. And that we are using police from Asaba to threaten him and his members, which is false.”

However, a court document obtained by SaharaReporters which was signed by one Ogedengbe, the Applicant (General Overseer) alleged that he was arrested and detained on January 21 - the same day Temitope and his friends reportedly stormed the church to ask for the N4 million he had promised to send.

The respondents in the document are Temitope Monday Diamond as the 1st respondent; Divisional Police Officer, Ebrumede Police Station, Delta State as 2nd respondent and the Commissioner of Police in Delta State as 3rd respondent.

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