Supreme Court affirms Assemblies of God’s General Overseer’s sack

Rev, Paul Emeka

The three-year-long leadership crisis in the Assemblies of God Church was on Friday laid to rest as the Supreme Court upheld the sack of the General Overseer of the Assemblies of God Church, Paul Emeka, for violating the church’s rules.

In a unanimous judgment, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Reverend. Emeka against an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, which equally upheld his sack.

The church had been embroiled in a crisis which started when the General Council of the Church suspended Rev. Emeka on March 6, 2014.

The council held that Mr. Emeka violated several sections of the church’s constitution and bye laws, particularly, Article 12, which deals with taking or using any other person to initiate proceedings against the church in court for any reason.

It noted that Mr. Emeka failed to exhaust the church’s internal mechanism for dispute resolution, as stipulated in its rules.

The church’s council’s letter conveying Emeka’s suspension was signed by John Ikoni (General Secretary); Chidi Okoroafor (Acting General Superintendent) and Vincent Alaje (General Treasurer).

The church also accused the former General Superintendent of being autocratic, being involved in financial mismanagement, engaging in abuse of power and “above all took the church to court, an act tantamount to tarnishing the image of the church and bringing it to public ridicule.”

Mr. Emeka’s challenge of the church’s council’s decision ended with the Supreme Court’s judgment Friday.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, in the lead judgment, upheld the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal, Enugu division, to the effect that Mr. Emeka’s suspension and dismissal were in order.

On Mr. Emeka’s claim that he was not accorded fair hearing by the church’s council, as guaranteed under the Constitution, Justice Kekere-Ekun held that there was remedy under Chapter 4 of the Constitution if indeed his right to fair hearing was violated.

The judge said the provisions of Section 36 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, on which the appellant hinged his appeal, was limited to proceeding in law courts, but not proceedings emanating from domestic meetings and standing adhoc tribunals.

Justice Kekere-Ekun held that the right to be a member of a church was not a right recognized under Chapter 4 of the Constitution.

The judge noted that there was no proper proof of service on the respondents by the appellant. She set aside the service of court processes on the respondents and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.


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  • Watch man

    Mr Emeka you should be ashamed of yourself for going this far. If not because of mundane benefits and money, why would you subject the name of the Lord to ridicule? Now that you have lost thoroughly you should bury your head in shame.

    • William Norris

      If your Lord or Jesus even existed he would have struck Rev Emeka dead by now…..

      Nigerians and religion. Greedy people.

      • Watch man

        You are not the first creature to doubt His existence and would not be the last. Your frustration would neither change His existence nor His person. So sorry for you!

        • William Norris

          Frustration? LOL….you’re funny.

          There’s no God, gods or spirits and I’m doing really great without them. You Nigerians are superstitious. It might interest you to get on Google and do a comparison of POVERTY and RELIGIOUS belief among nations.

          The richer countries are generally less religious. Western Europe, which is the Black Man’s real HEAVEN, has a Native Population that is majority ATHEIST. So the frustration must be great for you wondering why your belief in God has done nothing to relieve the degrading poverty of your people.

          • Watch man

            You see, I have met people like you. One common denominator I have discovered in them is frustration. What is the root of this frustration? Simple! Their inability to have their way in a manner that would fill up the vacuum in them from the object of their adoration. And that is what I have seen in you. Frustration! You wrote about “richer countries”? Rich in what? Is it rich in atheism, material things, infrastructure or mentality that is tailored towards material things? Whatever the riches you talk about, you should understand that life (assuming you believe in life) is not about riches and possession of stuff. There has been people that lived a fulfilled life who cannot be described as rich, and they impacted, in a positive way, the life of those around them. So if you think that through your so-called atheism (which actually does not exist) you will get your vacuum filled you better think again.
            Again, when you say poverty, which poverty are you referring to? Are you talking about poverty of the mind, material things, or what? So be specific. And for your information, atheism (which does not exist) is a form of poverty that you find in frustrated people. Think again!

          • William Norris

            You and most other Nigerians are persecuted by both mental and material poverty !!!

            Your God is supposed to make your life beautiful. What I see is Nigerians trekking through deserts and swimming oceans and dying just on the hope of making it to HEAVEN….called Western Europe, land of the Atheists.

            You’re just like your countrymen – LOST. Go and find yourself.

          • Watch man

            You see, it is still the same symptom: frustration all the way! Your intellectual poverty is part and parcel of the projections of your fourth dimensional frustration. Your ranting is just a consequence of this projection. And you think where you are will give you life? And you speculate that I am Nigerian? So sad!

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