- Winners Chapel International expresses discontent with court ruling against Ghana subsidiary
- The church accused the founder of the Ghana subsidiary of stealing its property
Winners Chapel International, the church founded by Bishop David Oyedepo, has stated that a verdict passed by a Accra High Court concerning a property dispute between the Church and a Ghana based breakaway subsidiary is inconclusive.
For the last 13 years the Living Faith World Outreach Center (LFWOC), also known as Winners Chapel International (WCI), has been locked at legal loggerheads with Winners Chapel Ghana, a breakaway subsidiary of the Nigerian mega church founded by Bishop Adjeman.
According to WCI, Bishop Adjeman was recruited, trained, employed, and later sent to Ghana to head the church's subsidiary in the country. WCI alleges that Bishop Adjeman outmaneuvered WCI and proceeded to registered the Ghanaian subsidiary under the name of Winners Chapel Ghana (WCG) and usurped WCI's property.
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Now after over a decade's worth of legal tussling, an Accra High Court presided over by Justice K.A. Ofori-Atta ruled on July 28th, 2017, ruled in favor of Bishop Adjeman.
The court was of the opinion that as of the time Winners Chapel Ghana was registered, WCI "was not duly incorporated as a legal entity" and thereby could not own either property, or the name "Winners Chapel".
The court stated that since WCG was registered according to the laws of the land, he had the legal backing to operate in Ghana.
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“On the available evidence, I am satisfied the name Winners Chapel Ghana has been duly registered for business in the country,’’ said Justice Ofori-Atta.
The court ordered that all property acquired by WCI in between the years of 1997 when the church was registered to 2004 when both churches went their separate ways be valued among the two churches. Furthermore, it also ordered that WCG should buy out WCI's allocated property since WCG possessed said property since 2004.
In a publication shared among WCI members on Sunday September 3rd, WCI told its members that the church felt the verdict was inconclusive. It also stated that it had given its lawyers the leeway to "ensure full resolution of all the matters in controversy before the appropriate forum".
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