Wednesday, 19 July 2017

PLATEAU: CONFLICT IN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH: CLERGIES DRAG CP, PLATEAU STATE POLICE COMMAND AND 7 OTHERS TO COURT


By: Valentine Adese,


Rev. Yohanna Bot Dalyop, Rev. Luka Daniel, Rev. Daniel Billy, Rev. John Vwashi, Rev. Samuel Panchi, Rev. Samuel Chung Pam, The Assemblies of God Nigeria (suing for themselves and on behalf of the Presbyters of Assemblies of Church Nigeria Jos District) have dragged the Plateau State Commissioner of Police to the Plateau State High Court, demanding the sum of  five million naira (N5,000,000.00) as general damages for acts of arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and their detention.


The Plaintiffs in their “joint and several” claim filed before the court, are also seeking for a court declaration, that by virtue of the judgment of the Supreme Court in SC. 396/2015: Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka v. Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor & Ors., Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor was not declared as the General Superintendent of the 7th Plaintiff, a declaration that the High Court of Plateau State in Suit No.: PLD/J33/2016 which was struck out on 27/4/2016 never granted an order of injunction restraining the plaintiffs from worshipping in various Jos District branches of the 7th plaintiff, a declaration that the continued arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and their detention by the defendant is unconstitutional, null and void, a declaration that the continued occupation of the Jos District branches of the Church is unconstitutional, null and void.


The Plaintiffs are further, seeking for an order of the Plateau state High Court, directing the defendants in the suit to allow the them unhindered access to the Jos District branches, with an order, directing the defendants to stop their further arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and detention.

The Plaintiffs want the court to further grant an order directing the defendants to offer a public apology to them.

Other defendants in the suit filed by the Plaintiffs’ Counsel, N.I. Darong, Esq. of Mentor Chambers, Jos, include, Rev. jacob D. Langs, Rev. Daniel Saje, Rev. Bulus Sambo, Rev. James Gyang,   Rev. Luka Dung, Rev. Dachung Delson and Rev. Dusu Alison.

In the suit that was brought by way of Writ of Summons, the Plaintiffs’ Statement of Claim is as below:

STATEMENT OF CLAIM
1.                  The 1st plaintiff is a clergy man and the Jos District District Superintendent of the 7th plaintiff.
2.                  The 2nd plaintiff is a clergy man and Assistant District Superintendent with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
3.                  The 3rd plaintiff is a clergy man and Secretary with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
4.                  The 4th plaintiff is a clergy man and Treasurer with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
5.                  The 4th plaintiff is a clergy man and a presbyter with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
6.                  The 5th plaintiff is a clergy man and a presbyter with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
7.                  The 7th plaintiff is a body registered as an incorporated trustee under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
8.                  The 1st defendant was the District Superintendent of the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
9.                  The 2nd defendant was the Assistant District Superintendent of the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
10.              The 3rd defendant was the Secretary of the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
11.              The 4th defendant was the Treasurer of the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
12.              The 5th defendant was a clergy with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
13.              The 6th defendant was a clergy with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
14.              The 7th defendant was a clergy with the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff.
15.              The 8th defendant is a statutory person charged with police duties within Plateau State.
16.              The plaintiffs aver that the 1st defendant was first elected in 2012 in a bye-election to complete the term of late Rev. Habila Kim who died in January, 2012 and the 2nd plaintiff was then re-elected for a term of 3 years in his own right in February, 2014.
17.              The plaintiffs aver that in March, 2014, the 2nd plaintiff, who was re-elected as the District Superintendent of the Jos District in February, 2014 called a meeting of all the clergy in Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria and also invited the wives of all the clergy to the meeting.
18.              The plaintiffs further aver that at the said meeting, the 1st defendant informed the clergy and their wives that there is a problem at the National level of the Assemblies of God Nigeria in which Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka was unjustly suspended as a member and unlawfully dismissed as the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
19.              The 1st defendant then told all the clergy under him and the wives of the clergy at the said meeting that the plaintiffs and the 1st to 7th defendants should not raise our hands against Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka, the Lord’s anointed, and the plaintiffs as well as all the 7th plaintiff’s clergy applauded the 1st defendant.
20.              The 1st defendant went further to inform the clergy and the wives of the clergy that 1st defendant was there when Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka defended himself and the defence was satisfactory.
21.              As the then leader of the folk of Christ in the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria, the 1st defendant told that meeting that it will be unwise for the Jos District to take sides with one faction or the other of the Assemblies of God Nigeria when there are several suits in different Courts all over the country and they all agreed not to take sides with any of the feuding parties in the dispute rocking the national headquarters of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
22.              The plaintiffs aver that the 1st defendant also told the said meeting that monies of the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria should not be tampered with but kept pending the outcome of the various court cases instituted by the various feuding parties at the national leadership with the victorious party to be given the monies with the exception of salaries and running costs duly receipted.
23.              The plaintiffs aver that the 1st defendant called a second meeting of the clergy and the wives of clergy of the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria in May, 2014 where the 2nd plaintiff stated that the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria should remain neutral in the dispute at the national level of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
24.              The plaintiffs aver that the 1st defendant also enjoined all the clergy and the wives of clergy at the second meeting to pray for God to resolve the national dispute wherein the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria will join the side God has chosen.
25.              The plaintiffs aver that the 1st defendant went further to quarrel the 4th plaintiff for attending the meeting of northern leaders of Assemblies of God Nigeria which held on 25/5/2014 at Kaduna.
26.              The 1st defendant then called a third meeting of all the clergy and wives of the clergy of the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria in May, 2014 wherein the 1st defendant told the meeting that the 1st defendant has realized the truth and when asked where the truth was, the 1st defendant said the truth was with the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
27.              The 1st defendant also told the third meeting that the monies the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria which was agreed to be withheld to any of the feuding factions has been released to the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
28.          The plaintiffs aver that when the 1st defendant was asked a further question as to why it took the 1st defendant so long to see where the truth was, the 1st defendant confessed to the third meeting that the 1st defendant was forced to declare his support and that of the Jos District to the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction of the Assemblies of God Nigeria at a meeting he held with the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction in Abuja in May, 2014.
29.              The plaintiffs further aver that the clergy and the wives of clergy then asked the 1st defendant how the plaintiffs can explain to their members who have been peaceful throughout duration of the dispute at the national level this sudden change of position from neutrality to support for one faction to which the 1st defendant replied that the 1st defendant has plans for that.
30.              The clergy and the wives of clergy at the third meeting refused to take sides as the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria has always taken and told the 1st defendant this much.
31.              The clergy and the wives of clergy further told the 1st defendant to retrieve the monies the 1st defendant gave the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction and give the monies to the party that shall be victorious at the Supreme Court by being declared as General Superintendent.
32.              Finally, the third meeting told the 1st defendant that the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria will stand with the status quo before the dispute at the national level arose as the defendants as well as the plaintiffs were given a letter from the General Council Secretariat of Assemblies of God Nigeria showing the position of things at the General Council Secretariat. The letter dated 18/2/2014 from the General Council of Assemblies of God, Nigeria titled “Toward A Solution” is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial. The 1st defendant is put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
33.              The plaintiffs aver that after the third meeting dispersed, the 1st defendant began to go to churches within the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria on visits without informing the reverends-in-charge and communicating with members contrary to the Constitution and Bye-Laws of Assemblies of God Nigeria which makes such visits to be with the permission of the reverend-in-charge of any branch wherein the 1st defendant would tell members of the Assemblies of God Nigeria to take sides with the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor’s faction but members always resisted the 1st defendant openly by murmuring at the 1st defendant’s pronouncements.
34.              The plaintiffs further aver that when the 1st defendant saw the reaction of members who are displeased with the defendant’s pronouncement that the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria should side with one faction, the 1st defendant would always resort to begging but members never fell for the 1st defendant’s begging.
35.              After the 1st defendant had declared support for the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction, the suspension and dismissal of Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka was set aside by the Enugu State High Court, Enugu on 11/12/2014 but the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria did not take sides with Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka because the other faction to the dispute at the national level of the Assemblies of God Nigeria appealed the judgment to the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division.
36.              Contrary to established protocol in Assemblies of God Nigeria where the reverend-in-charge of any branch is informed of ministerial visit by any minister, the 1st defendant forcefully convened a meeting at the Sot II Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria led by the 1st plaintiff without informing the 1st plaintiff or seeking the consent of the 1st plaintiff who was one of the District Presbyters.
37.              The 1st defendant brought one Rev. Ezekiel Solomon who was suspended as member and dismissed as minister of Assemblies of God Nigeria but formerly of the Jos Mainland District of Assemblies of God Nigeria to accompany the 1st defendant to Sot II Branch.
38.              When the 1st plaintiff saw the meeting convened by the 1st defendant holding at the 1st plaintiff’s branch without the 1st plaintiff’s permission, the 1st plaintiff went to see what was happening uninvited because the 1st plaintiff’s house is inside the branch.
39.              Many of the people at the meeting the 1st defendant convened at Sot II branch were not in support of the moves to declare support for the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction which angered the 1st defendant.
40.              To punish the 1st plaintiff whom the 1st defendant held responsible for the non-acceptance by members of Sot II branch to supporting one faction at the national level, the 1st defendant led one Rev. Solomon Y. Pam and thugs to the Sot II Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria to forcefully take over the church but the church’s Royal Rangers stopped the 1st defendant and those the 1st defendant was with.
41.              The plaintiffs aver that when the issue was reported to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Jos South Local Government Area Chapter by members of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, Sot II Branch, the Christian Association of Nigeria, Jos South Local Government Area Chapter investigated the matter and when it discovered that members were now factionalized based on the schism at the national level of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, Jos South Local Government Area Chapter came up with a memorandum of understanding for members of both factions to jointly use the church auditorium which was signed by members of both factions. Evidence shall be led during the trial as to the contents of the memorandum of understanding and the persons who signed same. A copy of the memorandum of understanding dated 10/11/2015 is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial. The 1st defendant is put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
42.              The plaintiff avers that since the date the memorandum of understanding was entered into, church services at Sot II Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria has been peaceful with the 1st plaintiff pastoring the neutral faction of the Assemblies of God Nigeria and Rev. Solomon Y. Pam pastoring the other faction despite the defendants using the police to harass the members under the 1st plaintiff and also attempting to seize the offering collected by the members of the Assemblies of God Nigeria after Sunday service which was resisted by the youths. Evidence shall be led during the trial as to what happened when the 1st defendant wanted to seize the offering.
43.              The plaintiffs aver that contrary to the Constitution and Bye-Laws of Assemblies of God Nigeria, 1967 where the reverend-in-charge of any branch is informed of ministerial visit by any minister, the 1st defendant forcefully interrupted the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria led by the 4th plaintiff without informing the 4th plaintiff or seeking the consent of the 4th plaintiff. The plaintiffs rely on a certified true copy of the Constitution and Bye-Laws of Assemblies of God Nigeria, 1967.
44.              When members of Topp Rayfield Branch of Assemblies of God Nigeria refused to be distracted by the 1st defendant, the 1st defendant then shouted that those who belong to the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction and EC should come outside and meet the 1st defendant which they did.
45.              The 1st defendant became angry with the 4th plaintiff when the members of the congregation expressed their displeasure at the call to take sides in a dispute and also the disruption of the Branch’s Harvest Thanksgiving service by the 1st defendant and his thugs.
46.              The plaintiffs aver that to punish the 4th defendant, the 1st defendant led thugs to the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria to forcefully take over the church but the church’s Royal Rangers and members stopped the 1st defendant.
47.              The plaintiffs further aver that when the 1st defendant could not break the ranks of the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, the 1st defendant posted one Rev. Sunday Isaac to take over the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria from the 4th defendant.
48.              One Sunday morning, Rev. Sunday Isaac arrived the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria during church service with thugs and called out those who belong to Trustees of the Assemblies of God should come out and a few members of the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria came out.
49.              Because the members of the Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria were very minute, the 1st defendant and Rev. Sunday Isaac could not take over the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria but now hold their services in a temporary shed within the vicinity of the Topp Rayfield Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria.
50.              The plaintiffs aver that when the incident that took place during the Harvest Thanksgiving of the Topp Rayfield Branch of Assemblies of God Nigeria was reported to the Assemblies of God Nigeria, the Jos Presbytery of the Assemblies of God Nigeria made up of the 1st defendant as District Superintendent, the 1st and 2nd plaintiffs as Presbyters, the 2nd defendant (now suspended member and dismissed minister) was the Assistant District Superintendent, Rev. Bulus Sambo (now suspended member and dismissed minister) was the Secretary, the 6th defendant (now suspended member and dismissed minister) was the Treasurer, Rev. Dung Zi (now suspended member and dismissed minister) was a Presbyter investigated same wherein the 1st defendant was found to be the person promoting the body called The Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria which is not the same as the Assemblies of God Nigeria.
51.              The plaintiffs further aver it was also established that the 1st defendant breached the Constitution and Bye-Laws of Assemblies of God Nigeria by going to the Gyel I Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria led by Rev. Ezekiel Dalyop without informing Rev. Ezekiel Dalyop wherein the 1st defendant told members of the church that the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria to take sides with a body called Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria which name sounded strange to the members as they belong to the Assemblies of God Nigeria.
52.              The plaintiffs aver that the Jos Presbytery also established that by pledging allegiance to the new body called the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, the 1st, 4th and 6th defendants have left the Assemblies of God Nigeria for the Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria which is a ministerial misconduct under the Constitution of Assemblies of God Nigeria. During the trial, the plaintiffs shall lead evidence as to the discipline of ministers of the Assemblies of God Nigeria and show that the steps were followed by the Assemblies of God Nigeria in the discipline of the 1st, 4th and 6th defendants. The plaintiffs plead a certified true copy of the Constitution of Assemblies of God Nigeria, 1967.
53.              The 1st, 4th and 6th defendants were thus suspended as members of Assemblies of God Nigeria and dismissed as Ministers of Assemblies of God Nigeria which was communicated to the registered Headquarters of Assemblies of God Nigeria at Evangel House, Plot R8 Ozubulu Street, Independence Layout, Enugu which collected the credentials of the 1st, 4th and 5th defendants by affirming the decision of the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria that the credentials of the 1st, 4th and 5th defendants be terminated since the 1st, 4th and 5th defendants were not remorseful.
54.              While waiting for a bye-election to be held to fill the position vacated by the 1st defendant, the reverends of the Jos District of Assemblies of God Nigeria revisited the issue of how the monies that were meant to be kept for the victorious party whenever the Court of Appeal and possibly the Supreme Court passes its judgment, it was discovered that the the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants and Rev. Dung Zi were among those who allowed the 1st defendant to pledge allegiance to one faction of Assemblies of God Nigeria by giving the monies the clergies and wives of clergymen agreed at the March, 2014 meeting not to give to any of the feuding factions and so Assemblies of God Nigeria disciplined all of them in accordance with the Constitution and Bye-Laws of Assemblies of God Nigeria.
55.              With the discipline of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants and Rev. Dung Zi who were the Assistant District Superintendent, the District Secretary, the District Treasurer and Presbyter respectively, the Jos Presbytery of Assemblies of God no longer had a full complement and so the national secretariat of Assemblies of God Nigeria came to supervise an election of the Presbytery which produced the 1st plaintiff as District Superintendent, the 2nd plaintiff as Assistant District Superintendent, Rev. Abel Davou as the District Secretary, the 4th plaintiff as the District Treasurer, the 3rd and 5th plaintiffs as District presbyters in November, 2014.
56.              The plaintiffs aver that the national headquarters of Assemblies of God Nigeria performed the swearing-in of the Jos Presbytery of Assemblies of God Nigeria after formally announcing the suspension as members and dismissal as ministers of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants as well as Rev. Luka Daniel and Rev. Dung Zi.
57.              The 1st plaintiff then posted one Rev. Ezekiel Dalyop to the Gyel I Branch of the Assemblies of God but the 4th defendant refused to leave the pastorium and the church.
58.              The 4th defendant then filed a direct criminal complaint against Rev. Ezekiel at the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Bukuru claiming that the Rev. Ezekiel beat the 4th defendant up and threw the 4th defendant’s belongings outside exposing same to the weather.
59.              The Chief Magistrate’s Court, Bukuru then fixed a date to go see the belongings which were thrown outside but when the Court got to the pastorium and the church, there was no property outside as alleged by the 4th defendant. The plaintiffs plead the record of proceedings and a copy of the direct criminal complaint in CMCB/186CR/2015: Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Church v. Rev. Paul Emeka & 8 Ors. and the defendants are put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
60.              The 4th defendant is still living in the pastorium of the Gyel 1 Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria and also uses the church auditorium to conduct services for members of the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria by alternating times for service with the Assemblies of God Nigeria. Evidence shall be led during the trial as to how the arrangement regarding how and when the Assemblies of God Nigeria and the Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria hold services in the same church auditorium.
61.              The plaintiffs aver that after the dismissal of the 6th defendant as a reverend of the Assemblies of God Nigeria when the 6th defendant became a reverend with the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev. Bulus Iliya was posted to the Dahwol Bob Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria as the reverend-in-charge of that branch in February, 2015 by the 1st plaintiff.
62.              The plaintiffs aver that when Rev. Bulus Iliya arrived at the Dahwol Bob Branch of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, the 6th defendant begged to be allowed to remain in the pastorium for some time as the 6th defendant claimed he had no place to live in which Rev. Bulus Iliya agreed after clearance from the 1st defendant pending when the 6th defendant gets a house out of mercy to a fellow reverend who has been dismissed.
63.              The Court of Appeal set aside the judgment of the Enugu State High Court, Enugu on 14/5/2015 but the Jos District of the Assemblies of God Nigeria still continued with its neutrality position regarding the dispute as Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka has filed an appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja.
64.              The plaintiffs aver that after the wife of the 6th defendant by name Mrs. Elizabeth Dachung beat up one Mrs. Briskila Jah, a deaconess with Assemblies of God Nigeria, Dahwol Bob Branch, the 7th plaintiff wrote to the 6th defendant asking the 6th defendant to leave the pastorium on or before 31/7/2015 but the 6th defendant replied the 7th plaintiff and attached the letter written to the 6th defendant which reply was copied the Village Head of Vom, the Divisional Police Office of K-Vom, the State Security Service, Bukuru, the Ward Head of Dahwol Bob, the 7th plaintiff and Rev. Bulus Ishaya. The plaintiffs rely on the letter to the 6th defendant and the reply by the 6th defendant. The defendants are put on notice to produce the original of the two letters during the trial.
65.              Upon being served with the 6th defendant’s letter, the Village Head of Turu by name Da Tu, called members of the 7th plaintiff and members of the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria to his palace wherein the Village Head of Turu was told about the matter.
66.              The Village Head of Turu concluded by telling the 6th defendant and the members of the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria that the 6th defendant was lucky to have been given time by the 7th plaintiff to remain in the pastorium because if it were Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), the Village Head’s church, the properties of the 6th defendant would have been thrown out of the pastorium immediately the 6th defendant was dismissed.
67.              Dissatisfied, the 6th defendant brought the police to arrest the Secretary of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Dahwol Bob Branch and this angered the members of the 7th plaintiff’s Dahwol Bob Branch who then packed the properties of the 6th defendant to the house of the 6th defendant which has been completed.
68.              The 6th defendant thereafter caused the arrest of over 60 members of 7th plaintiff’s Dahwol Bob Branch by the Area Commander of the Jos Metropolitan of the Nigerian Police Force where the members of the 7th plaintiff’s Dahwol Bob Branch were released upon the intervention of the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command who acted on the complaint by the members of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Dahwol Bob Branch and ordered that the matter is purely civil.
69.              The plaintiffs aver that both Assemblies of God Nigeria and the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria now hold services in the Assemblies of God Nigeria, Dahwol Bob Branch church auditorium by alternating the period each holds its services. Evidence shall be led during the trial as to how the two parties alternate their services as determined by the District Head of Vwang.
70.              The plaintiffs aver that during the period when the 1st defendant did not drag the Jos District of the 7th plaintiff into the crisis at the national level, the Jos District of the church was very peaceful.
71.              The plaintiffs further aver that the 7th plaintiff is different from the Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria or the Registered Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria and the Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor faction of the Assemblies of God Nigeria which has broken away from the Assemblies of God Nigeria and has its headquarters at Okpoto, Ebonyi State which the plaintiffs belong to have been using the name “The Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria”, “Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Church”, “The Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” and “Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” to deceive the public into thinking it is the same as “Assemblies of God Nigeria” which the defendants belong to. The plaintiffs plead certified true copies of the Direct Criminal Complaint/Application for a Criminal Summons in Case No. CMCKN/DCR29/2015: Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Church & Anor. v. Rev. Paul Emeka & 10 Ors.; CMWM/32/2015: The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria & Anor. v. First Bank Nig. Limited and the Writ of Summons in PLD/J58/2015: The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Nig. & Ors. v. Rev. Yakubu Pam & Ors.
72.              Even the Corporate Affairs Commission was once misled by the names the defendants been using and used the name of The Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria to cause the removal of Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka as a trustee of Assemblies of God Nigeria and obtaining a new certificate of registration which certificate of registration was recalled and cancelled upon a complaint by Ralph Agama. A copy of the complaint by Ralph Agama and the cancellation by the Corporate Affairs Commission are hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial.
73.              Either “The Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria”, “Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Church”, “The Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” and “Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” which the defendants variously claim to belong to does not have a registered office in Nigeria with the active connivance of the now retired General Secretary of the 7th plaintiff, Rev. John Ikoni, who acts as General Secretary for both Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka’s Assemblies of God Nigeria and Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor various bodies by whatever name called. The plaintiffs shall rely on a certified true copy of the record of proceedings in PLD/J58/2015: The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Nig. & Ors. v. Rev. Yakubu Pam & Anor. and CA/J/150M/2016: The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Nig. & Ors. v. Rev. Yakubu Pam & Anor. to show that Okpoto, Ebonyi state is not a registered office as well as the fluid nature of the defendants.
74.              The plaintiffs aver that on 21/11/2015, the Jos District Annual Jos District Men’s Rally of Assemblies of God Nigeria held at the Jos District Headquarters, Lyoh Gyel when the 1st defendant led some regular police, mobile police and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) under the 8th defendant’s command to disrupt the rally but when the security agents saw the peaceful and religious nature of the rally, the security agents made sure that the 1st defendant and the thugs of the 1st defendant did not cause chaos. The plaintiffs shall lead evidence during the trial to show the allegation by the 1st defendant that a Magistrate’s Court in Jos North Local Government Area had held proceedings in a criminal matter without the defendants present to order that a programme in Jos South Local Government Area should not hold in CMCKN/DCR29/2015: Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Church & Anor. v. Rev. Paul Emeka & 10 Ors. and what transpired when the security agents met the defendants and the men of the Jos District worshipping God. The plaintiffs are put on notice to produce the record of proceedings in CMCKN/DCR29/2015: Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies of God Church & Anor. v. Rev. Paul Emeka & 10 Ors.
75.              The plaintiffs aver that when the 1st to 8th defendants’ usage of the instrumentality of the 8th defendant and criminal charges against the plaintiffs failed, the 1st, 4th and 6th defendants then sued the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th plaintiffs at the Plateau State High Court in Suit No.: PLD/J33/2016: The Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria & 3 Ors. v. Rev. Yohanna Bot Dalyop & 7 Ors. but the suit was struck out. The plaintiffs plead the writ of summons, statement of defence, record of proceedings as well all all other processes filed in that suit.
76.              The plaintiffs aver that after Suit No.: PLD/J33/2016: The Trustees of Assemblies of God Nigeria & 3 Ors. v. Rev. Yohanna Bot Dalyop & 7 Ors.. was struck out, peace reigned in all the plaintiffs’ branches until sometime in March, 2017 when the Supreme Court struck out the suit of Rev. Paul Emeka in its judgment in SC. 396/2015: Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka v. Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor & Ors.
77.              The plaintiffs further aver that the 1st to 7th defendants began to mislead the public by telling people that the Supreme Court has declared Rev. Chidi Okofoafor as the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria in SC. 396/2015: Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka v. Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor & Ors.
78.              The plaintiffs aver that Mentor Chambers wrote letters on the plaintiffs’ behalf to the Hon. Attorney-General of Plateau State, the Chief Registrar of the High Court of Plateau State, the 8th defendant, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven and the Plateau State Director of the Department of State Security Service warning them of the danger the attitude of the defendants portends for the peace of Plateau State. The letters are hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial. The 8th defendant is put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
79.              The 1st to 7th defendants began to have the 8th defendant arrest and detain pastors of the plaintiffs and also charging them to Court. A copy of the First Information Report in UACI/CR210/2017: Commissioner of Police v. Rev. John Choji & Anor. filed at the Upper Area Court, Kasuwan Nama wherein the surname of the 4th defendant was wrongly spelt as Choji instead of Vwashi is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial.
80.              The 1st to 7th defendants also began to cause the 8th defendant too harass the plaintiffs by various invitations to either the Plateau State Command or the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Force. A copy of the letter of invitation as well as replies by the plaintiffs’ solicitor, N.I. Darong, Esq. of Mentor Chambers the the Plateau State Command or the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Force responding to the invitations are hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial.
81.              The plaintiffs aver that the 8th defendant was still acting the defendants’ script which led the plaintiffs’ counsel, N.I. Darong, Esq. of Mentor Chambers, to write a letter to the Inspector-General of Police. A copy of the letter is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial.
82.              The plaintiffs further aver that immediately the Inspector-General of Police received the letter by Mentor Chambers, a police wireless message was sent by the Inspector-General of Police to all police formations in Nigeria and specifically in Northern Nigeria warning the Commissioners of Police of State Commands not the take sides as the matter is strictly a civil matter, a copy of the police wireless message send by Katsina State Command to its state formations given to the plaintiffs. The signal is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial. The 8th defendant is put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
83.              The plaintiffs aver that the 8th defendant began to waylay the plaintiffs and the plaintiffs’ members on public highways by arresting and detaining them with a view to getting the plaintiffs intimidated.
84.              On 9/5/2017, the 1st to 7th defendants caused the arrest of the head of the Royal Rangers of the 7th plaintiff’s Jos District Anguldi, Barkin Ladi-Bukuru Expressway, Jos by name Daniel John Davou and detained him at the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Jos before transferring him to the Nigeria Police Force Plateau State Command Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Jos.
85.              On 11/5/2017, the 1st to 7th defendants caused the arrest of the 5th plaintiff at the Bukuru Expressway, Jos and detained him at the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Jos before transferring him to the Nigeria Police Force Plateau State Command Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Jos while the 1st and 4th plaintiffs were arrested on 12/5/2017.
86.              The plaintiffs aver that these arrests, detentions and intimidations are aimed at weakening the plaintiffs so that the 1st to 7th defendants can take control of the 7th plaintiff’s Jos District.
87.              The defendants or the followers of the defendants have also been filing criminal cases at the members of the 7th plaintiff just to harass and intimidate the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs plead and rely on either the record of proceedings, various criminal summonses or direct criminal complaints in CMCB/23CR/2016, CMCB/12CR/2015, CMCB/186CR/2015, CMCB/11CR/2015, CMCB/9CR/2015, CMCB/10CR/2015, CMCB/63CR/2016, CMCB/152CR/2016 and CMCB/62CR/2016.
88.              The plaintiffs aver that the defendants have now taken over the plaintiffs’ Jos District Headquarters in Lyoh with the active backing of the police contrary to the agreement brokered by the Christian Association of Nigeria regarding the usage of the religious facilities by both factions pending when the national crisis is finally resolved because Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka has refiled his suit at the High Court. The plaintiffs plead the writ of summons and accompanying processes filed in the new suit and shall rely on same during the trial.
89.              The plaintiffs further aver that defendants, emboldened by the police, have stated taking steps to exclude the plaintiffs from the 7th plaintiff’s branches in Gura Lando, Sot II, Dahwol Bob, Gyel I, Vwang Dalo, Turu, Gura Riyom and all other branches in Jos Mainland District.
90.              The plaintiffs aver that the plaintiffs who call themselves Assemblies of God Nigeria and the defendants who variously call themselves “The Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria”, “Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Church”, “The Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” and “Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria” use the facilities of the 7th plaintiff is because of the division at the national leadership of the 7th plaintiff.
91.              The Christian Association of Nigeria had made a report to the Inspector-General of Police which is in favour of amicable settlement as the dispute is a matter of carnality. A copy of the report by the Christian Association of Nigeria dated 9/6/2015 is pleaded and shall be relied upon during the trial. The defendants are put on notice to produce the original during the trial.
92.              The plaintiffs aver that despite the fact that Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka has been performing the duties of General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria, the plaintiffs have elected to remain neutral until the fresh suit filed by Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka is determined.

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