Baba Banjo’s Lawyer, Wale Adesokan (SAN) Disclaims Rev EMF’s Unregistered BoT

June 14, 2022 / Alonge Michael / On The Spot / 2 Comments »

For transparency and keeping the records clean, the Registered Trustees of Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide led by Baba Banjo, through their legal counsel, have come out to tell the entire world that Rev EMF Oshoffa’s instituted BoT is not to be regarded.

In a letter published in the centerspread of Punch Newspapers, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, ‘Wale Adesokan says anyone who deals with them in matters of the church, CCC does so at their own peril.

Below is the soft copy of the disclaimer;

“The above case was commenced on June 15, 2021, by Most Superior Evangelist Samson Olatunde Banjo, Superior Evangelist Pius Olarewaju, Superior Evangelist Kayode Okalsabor, Superior Evangelist (Professor) Bola Akinterinwa (Plaintiffs) against Rev. Emmanuel Mobiyina Bilehou-Oshoffa, The Incorporated Trustees of Celestial Church of Christ Makoko Village Yaba and Corporate Affairs Commission for determination of the following questions, amongst others:

i. Whether by virtue of sections 834 (1) and 835 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, the 2nd Defendant’s Board of Trustees can only be dissolved or any member thereof replaced upon strict compliance with sections 834, 832 (2) – (4) and 835 of the Companies Allied Matters Act, 2020.

ii. Whether the dissolution of the Board of Trustees of the 2nd Defendant by the 1st Defendant acting on mandate allegedly given to him by the Pastor-in-Council of the 2nd Defendant on May 1, 2021, is contrary to the provisions of sections 146 and 154 of the Constitution of the 2nd Defendant and sections 834, 832 (2) – (4) and 835 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.

The Plaintiffs sought the following reliefs, amongst others:

1. A Declaration that the dissolution of the Board of Trustees of the 2nd Defendant by the 1st Defendant acting on mandate allegedly given to him by the Pastor-in-Council of the 2nd Defendant on May 1, 2021, is contrary to the provisions of clauses 146 and 154 of the Constitution of the 2nd Defendant and sections 834 and 832 (2)- (4) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 and therefore null, void and of no effect.

2. An Order setting aside the dissolution and reconstitution of the Board of Trustees of the 2nd Defendant by the 1st Defendant on or about May 3, 2021.

3. A Declaration that the Plaintiffs remain bonafide members of the Board of Trustees of the 2nd Defendant.

On July 7, 2021, the Parties unanimously consented to, and Hon. Justice Lifu of the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division ordered that parties should maintain the status quo as shown in the order on the opposite page of this publication.

Despite the above consent order, the Defendants have continued to parade those purportedly appointed by the Pastor Emmanuel Moboyina Oshoffa on or about May 3, 2021, but who have not been duly registered to replace the Plaintiffs at the Corporate Affairs Commission as the Trustees of the Celestial Church of Christ at various fora, programmes and publications of the Church, in spite of the aforesaid consent order of Hon. Justice Lifu. The Plaintiffs, Most Superior Evangelist Samson Olatunde Banjo, Superior Evangelist Pius Olarewaju, Superior Evangelist Kayode Okaisabor and Superior Evangelist (Professor) Bola Akinterinwa are consequently constrained to bring to the attention of the general public that there has not been any change in the Registered Trustees in the Celestial Church as stated in its Certificate of Incorporation as shown on the opposite page to this publication.

The issue of whether the Pastor legally dissolved the Board of Trustees of the Celestial Church on May 3, 2021, is still pending for determination before Hon. Justice Lifu in the above case. The general public is consequently advised that until the Federal High Court pronounces otherwise, the Registered Trustees of the Celestial Church in Nigeria remain, Rev. Emmanuel Oshoffa, Superior Evangelist Samson Olatunde Banjo, Superior Evangelist John Rotimi Omotosho, Superior Evangelist Pius Olanrewaju, Superior Evangelist (Prof.) Bola Akinterinwa and Superior Evangelist Kayode Okaisabor.

Any person or institution dealing with the unregistered trustees, especially in relation to the matters of the church does so at his, hers or its own risk as the duly Registered Trustees will not be responsible for such dealings.

The names of the unregistered trustees for record purposes are:

Most Superior Evang T.A. Oshin Member.

SVMSE Tony Member

Superior Evangelist Thomas Odozi Member

Prophet E.A. Soyemi Member.

AVSE Segun Folorunsho Member.

AVSE V.B. Williams Member.

SVMSE Obafemi Adewale Member/Secretary

Superior Evangelist Andrew Ebanude Member.

Alleluia

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2 responses to “Baba Banjo’s Lawyer, Wale Adesokan (SAN) Disclaims Rev EMF’s Unregistered BoT”

  1. Gbenga Jide Oduyemi says:

    I stand to agree with all the submissions of Alagba Chris Ogbaisi, any contrary submission from this should be assumed the person his one of those who are bent to distabilise the church.

  2. Chris . A. Ogbaisi says:

    This is a right step in the right direction for the public awareness, that trasanctions with the church authority require caution .
    This is a clear cautiom to even all Celestian church of Christ worldwide that CCC is a registered church operating in a country that has laws backing it up . The corporate affairs laws is a governing rule book that does not recognise Pastor In council or one man show .I always say this , you cannot build something on nothing . On what ground is the newly unregistered BOT led by Prophet Emmanuel Shoyemi operating ?
    What amazes me more is ,there are elites and elders among them who cannot stand for truth and justice , who cannot see beyond their petty ambition to either call the pastor to order or distance themselves from this anormally .
    I expected the second defendant to come up with a communique dissociating themselves from this professional misconduct .
    Also send a warning letter to the pastor letting him know the implication of his actions .
    I wonder why Justice Lifiu has not put Rev EMF behind bar for this show of shame and for contempt . This atleast will make some greedy elders sit up .
    With this publication and after verification from CAC , any member of this church or general public can file a legal action / criminal suits against Rev EMF Oschoffa and the unregistered Trustees for decietful acts , impersonation and attempt to defraud the general public .
    I am sure if peace move hit the brickwall this time around before the next sitting , then people will be put behind the bar mark my word .
    So sad that a whole Barr. Adewale SAN cannot have a meaningful mediation and use law which he has practised for decades to save the church from the hand of Rogues in sutana .
    I am highly disappointed that a person of high pedigree and who has made his name known Baba Oshin will be dragged into this mud ..
    The consequences are obvious.. reversal of all decisions made , setting the church aback , the Pastor gradually strolling to jail, the likes of Folorunsho , Shoyemi ,Tony chasing shadow ambition . I dont really expect Tony Onoh to take up this appointment why not tell them to do the noble and revert to you not just taking up appointment without consulting your lawyer.
    For whoever cares to know party mentain status quo simply mean the pastor should hold on with the following;
    1. Appointments
    2. Annointments
    3. Acting on pastoral functions which include parading himself as a Pastor with the ubregistered BOTs , transfer and appointments .
    4. He should hold on with spending returns from the church .
    In all of these there have been flagrant disobedience to court order which i hope the Pastor’s advisers are conscious of ?
    This is my strong advice to the Pastor , have said this and I will repeat it ..
    Have an indoor meeting with Baba Banjo without your empty head advisers , hold on with further disorganisation of the church as we witnessed in Calvary again recently giving you negative perception and reducing loyalty to Ketu.
    Set up a true and genuine reconcilation committtee . He should consult me on this personally not on this platform . There are genuine and educated men of honour in this church who cannot compromise their professional calling and mortgage the future of this church sake of personal ambition.
    Finally , let pastor halt further annointment and grow spiritual annointment so that God can reveal himself to him . He should be mindful that Satan is as powerful as God and God never relieved him of his power while sending him to the world , he empowered him more with riches ( perversion ) but not salvation .
    The Pastor need to genuinely seek the face of God in all of these travails, shut his ears to lies and deceit . Seek God in this trying period .

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