The founder and leader of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim has been released after spending three days in police custody.
He was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), charged for the publication of false news and forgery of document, contrary to sections 208 and 159 of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) respectively.
Ralph Poku-Adusei the lawyer for the self- acclaimed Bishop, confirmed that he was granted bail by the District Court in the sum of GHC 100,000 with three sureties, one to be justified on Tuesday, 19th May,2020 but left the police station on Friday 22nd May, 2020 due to failure of meeting the conditions hence his prolonged stay at the police custody.
Two family members of Bishop Obinim, Elsie Asiedu and Jennifer Yawa Quartey who stood in as sureties, however claim that the police tried to frustrate the processes for bail which made them spent several hours at the police headquarters after reporting at 7am with all the necessary documents on Thursday, 21st May 2020.
The self-acclaimed Bishop had to remain with the police for an extended period. The Head of Public Affairs at the CID, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Juliana Obeng, told theghanareport.com that the processes were not completed but the church members of Bishop Obinim claimed that the police were deliberately frustrating the suspect.
The lawyer said Bishop Obinim was rushed immediately to a private health facility after departing from the police hospital where he (Bishop Obinim) was receiving treatment whiles in custody.
However, the controversial MP, Hon.Kennedy Ohene Agyapong in a shocking move, has offered to use his house as the third surety granted to Bishop Obinim to activate the bail conditions.
Speaking on the development on Net 2 TV, the MP whose campaign led to the arrest of the self acclaimed Bishop, expressed sadness at the turn of events, saying that even though he wants him (Bishop Obinim) to pay for his crimes, he is still saddened at his current situation.
He willingly wants to offer his own house to secure the Bishop’s release.
He also advised Obinim to be mindful of the fact that he has no genuine lovers as he had failed to find a third surety in his time of need.
The case has been adjourned to June 1, 2020.
Story by Nana Esi Nhyira