Fresh Charges For Bishop Daniel Obinim
THE ATTORNEY-General’s Department has preferred fresh charges against Bishop Daniel Obinim, the founder and leader of the God’s Way International Ministry, who is standing trial with two of his pastors for allegedly assaulting two journalists at an Accra-based radio station, Hot FM.
Rebecca Adjalo, the state attorney, who has taken over the case from the police, informed the court that upon a study of the facts of the case, the AG advised that the charges be amended.
She substituted the old charges with a fresh one. Although the charges have increased, an earlier first degree felony charge of use of offensive weapon against Obinim has been dropped.
Before the attorney did the substitution, the trial judge, Mrs. Audrey Kocuvie-Tay, who glanced through the charges, asked her if she was sure these were the charges she wanted to prefer.
The judge explained that she had difficulty in letting accused persons plead to charges she herself did not understand but the attorney said if it was detected that there were some shortfalls in the charge sheet, they would amend it as the law permitted them to do that.
Obinim and his pastors have jointly been charged with seven counts of unlawful entry, conspiracy to commit crime to wit unlawful damage, causing unlawful damage, conspiracy to commit assault, and assault.
Obinim had an additional charge of assault. They pleaded not guilty. The facts however remained the same. The state attorney said she would prove the facts recounted through evidence and witnesses.
Kwame Afriyie, their lawyer, prayed for bail for them and the court admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with three sureties each to re-appear on April 12, 2012.
The state attorney told the court that Obinim, on one occasion, had absented himself from court without prior notice. The judge therefore warned him that if he missed her court even a day, she would rescind the bail.
The state attorney, narrating the facts, informed the court that the damages caused by the accused persons to the equipment at Hot FM studios were estimated at GH¢130,850.
Some of the items destroyed included a voice processor, Telos Hybria, two CD players, head phone distributor, telephone sets, laptops, electro voice microphone, a transmitter among others.
She disclosed that on Monday, August 8, 2011, the accused persons stormed the studios of Hot FM and attacked Paul Kwame Ntim Okatakyie, the host of ‘Nya Asem Hwe,’ an Akan programme on the station, and another panelist, Shadrach Adu.
On of the topics being discussed at that time was the alleged sex scandal involving Bishop Obinim.
In the course of the discussion, his alleged tape recording about the issue was played on air and issues about his wife and his pastors were also discussed. Florence Obinim, the wife of the pastor who was then listening to the programme, informed her husband about it.
Bishop Obinim and his accomplices, who were offended by the said discussion, allegedly stormed the Adabraka-based radio station with a crowbar and sticks.
They allegedly attacked the staff and vandalized studio equipment, and inflicted injuries on the host and other panelists including Rev. William Amoako-Atta.
Shadrach Adu, a victim who managed to escape, reported the issue to the Adabraka Police, after which the accused persons were arrested.
According to the prosecutor, the victims were issued with forms to seek medical treatment.
Obinim had been in the news for allegedly having sex with the wife of Pastor Williams Fobi, a junior pastor of his church.
He was reported to have admitted to having an amorous relationship with the lady because she was sexually appealing and that he enjoyed her.