Worshippers, Security Guard Brutalise Reporter in Celestial Church Premises

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Deji Lambo
Reporter with Punch Newspapers

Worshippers at the Celestial Church of Christ, Sharon Parish, in Mobolaji Benson Street in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State and a security guard working for the church on November 6, 2022 brutalized Mr. Deji Lambo, a reporter with the daily Punch newspapers. Mr. Lambo was at  the church premises to gather more information regarding  the death of an electrician, Taiwo Akinlotan, who was electrocuted while fixing some electrical appliances in the church on November 5, 2022

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Deji visited the church to gather more information surrounding the death of an electrician, Taiwo Akinlotan, who was electrocuted while fixing some electrical appliances in the church on November 5, 2022.

At the Church premises, Deji was taken to One Mr. Lambo who introduced the reporter to his colleagues after listening to his mission. One of those to whom the reporter was introduced called the Chairman of the church, Adeleke Oduwole, and handed his phone to the reporter to explain the reason for the visit.

Deji then explained to Adeleke that he wanted to speak with a spokesperson of the church on the events that led to Akinlotan’s death.

While they were discussing the matter on phone, about 30 worshippers in the church premises swooped on the reporter. They pinned him down, seized his phones and demanded his means of identification. Deji produced his identity card which they seized. They brutalized him, with the security guard slapping him and calling him a thief.

A woman, identified as Iya Ibeji, and other church members used their mobile phones to film their assault on the reporter. They encircled him and interrogated him on his mission there accusing him of planning to destroy the image of the church.

The spokesman of the church later drove into the church and rescued the reporter from their hands. He took him to his office and apologized to him.

The matter was reported at the Owutu Police Station.