The General Overseer of the Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa, popularly known as Jehovah Sharp Sharp church, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, has been brought before Lagos magistrate court for allegedly leading a team of 100 protesters to the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.
The police from Victoria Island police station nabbed Benjamin for allegedly invading the Chinese Embassy in Lagos with over 100 followers to protest the alleged ill-treatment of some Nigerians in China.
A video clip of what was alleged to be an invasion of the embassy had been sent to police authorities in the state, consequent upon which a team of policemen from the Victoria Island division was drafted to the scene. The pastor was transferred after his arrest to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, where he was detained till yesterday when he was charged before an Igbosere chief magistrate court, Lagos.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the arraignment to the press on phone, said, “Yes, the pastor in question was arrested on Tuesday for staging a protest at the premises of the Chinese Embassy in Lagos. He was taken to Igbosere chief magistrate court where he was arraigned,” he added
A police source at the SCIID told our correspondent that Benjamin, when interrogated, said he only visited the embassy to express his displeasure over the plight of some Nigerians in China and denied invading the embassy with 100 of his followers.
Mrs Yewande Oshin of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court has granted bail to Archbishop Samson Mustapha Benjamin of Resurrection Praise Chapel, popularly called “Jehovah Sharp Sharp”, for violating lockdown directive.