- A pastor of the Christ Embassy church, Ernest Omoleme, has been remanded in police custody
- He has been charged with trespassing and threat of death
- Pastor Omoleme was involved in a dispute over a piece of land with another church, the Believers’ Salvation Ministry
The head pastor of Christ Embassy at Nungua in the Greater Accra Region, Ernest Omoleme, has been remanded in police custody since Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
According to sources, Omoleme is facing trial , after being charged with trespassing and threat of death.
He however pleaded not guilty on both counts before the Ashaiman Circuit Court, presided over by Gabriel Mante-Teye.
He was then remanded in police custody, after he failed to produce an assailant who assaulted a complainant in the matter.
Omoleme, who doubles as a zonal pastor, allegedly threatened to kill the caretaker of the Believers’ Salvation Ministry, located at Ashaiman, in Accra.
This was with regard to a dispute over a piece of land at Community 22 Annex in Tema.
He is reported to have further ordered a member of his church to assault Charles Anarfi Oppong, secretary of the Believers’ Salvation Ministry.
The prosecutor, Inspector Nunoo Mensah, requested the accused be remanded in order to present the assailant he allegedly brought to the crime scene.
Both churches have property located at Community 22 Annex with a common boundary but misunderstanding ensued between them and the Ashaiman Police invited the two churches for a meeting to settle the boundary dispute but the elders of Christ Embassy failed to honour the invitation.
On August 28, 2018, some members of Christ Embassy, led by the head pastor, fixed a metal gate at the entrance of Believers’ Salvation Ministry to prevent the congregants from entering the premises.
The caretaker at the Believers’ Ministry approached them and asked them why they were blocking the entrance to the church land.
Pastor Omoleme became furious and threatened to kill the caretaker if he dared question their action.
For fear of losing his life, the caretaker immediately informed the secretary of Believers’ Salvation, who subsequently demanded answers from them after he had rushed to the scene.
In the course of the commotion, a member of Christ Embassy assaulted the secretary and tore his attire.
A report was lodged with the Community 22 Police; they issued a medical form to the victim to attend hospital.
The police later went to Pastor Omoleme’s office to invite him to the station to assist in investigations but he stated categorically that he would not travel to the police station until a court summons was served on the pastor to appear before court.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to September 27, 2018, for hearing
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