It was the slap that went viral and now minister and founder of the Living Faith Christian Church International, Bishop David Oyedepo, is set to face a N2 billion law suit over it.
The clergyman came under fire when a video of him slapping a member of his congregation went viral on the internet. Bishop Oyedepo is seen in the video ministering to worshippers who answered an altar call to be delivered from witchcraft.
While speaking to those who answered the call, Oyedepo came across a young lady whose claim that she is not just any witch, but “a witch for Jesus”, really angered him. Oyedepo declared her “a foul devil” before slapping her across the face.
The video was blogged, tweeted and retweeted and soon gained nationwide infamy, spurring Robert Igbinedion, a lawyer, to take up the witch’s case.
Igbinedion, who filed the law suit on behalf of the young lady two weeks ago, is seeking N2 billion as “general and exemplary damages” against the popular pastor.
The lawyer says he intends to launch a campaign against the bishop, named by Forbes Magazine as the richest pastor in Nigeria with an estimated worth of over N20 billion.
Speaking to Premium Times on Saturday, Igbinedion said he is out “to let him know we are serious, I’m going to send a petition to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police on Monday to investigate the assault.”
It is unclear if the young lady, who hails from Imo State, is an active participant in the lawsuit against Oyedepo, and the bishop is yet to respond to the law suit.
“I’m also going to send copies of the petition to the American embassy, the UK, and the EU to stop him from coming into their countries until the police clears him,” he added.
The Ogun state high court is set to hear the case against Oyedepo on May 2nd, the Premium Times reported.