by Dayo Laniyan
According to unconfirmed reports, the founder of the Living Faith church, Bishop David Oyedepo has been barred from entering the United Kingdom.
A source from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport told online magazine ‘ThisisAfrica’ that Oyedepo’s barring was communicated to airlines via an ‘Airline Alert’ on Saturday 9th August.
Any airline caught acting against the ban will be fined £2000 (N542,000).
At the moment, it is unknown what reason has prompted the barring, however there is a possibility that it is connected to an inquiry by the UK charitable Commission, which according to reports by the Daily Mail and the Guardian, accused the UK branch of Oyedepo’s Winner’s Chapel of “cynically exploiting supporters”.
The report by the Daily Mail revealed that “the church received £16.7m in donations from followers who were told that God would give them riches in return,” and that “Followers are ferried in double-decker shuttle buses to the church, handed slips inviting them to make debit card payments and told that obeying the ministry’s teachings will make them immune from illness.
Bishop David Oyedepo is currently the wealthiest pastor in Nigeria.
NOTE: This is currently an unconfirmed story. More will follow as new information comes to light.