NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK


By The National Secular Society

The National Secular Society has called on the Home Secretary to deny a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ pastor entry into the UK.

David Oyedepo Jnr is due to address a Winners Chapel International convention in Dartford on 13-16 August. In a letter to the Home Secretary the National Secular Society argued that preventing Mr Oyedepo from entering the country is a necessary step to tackle child abuse linked to faith or belief.

In 2011 Mr Oyedepo was captured on video assaulting a young girl at one of his ministration events in Nigeria. After accusing the girl of being a witch, she can be heard saying she is a “witch for Jesus”. Mr Oyedepo then slaps her around the face and denounces her as evil.

According to a CNN report, in 2013, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya ordered the closure of nearly 100 churches citing criminal practices organised by Pentecostal pastors that threatened the nation’s security. A Government official told CNN that the group’s pastors had “outstretched their liberty” by “faking miracles” and “killing citizens” in their churches.

The same report also states that on 11 August 2013, a 9-year-old Christian girl collapsed and died during a prayer session in a Winners’ Chapel in Bamenda. The girl’s mother, Mih Theresa, told CNN that the pastor intended to “cast out the numerous demons” that were in control of her daughter’s life. The report also refers to pastors dissuading people from seeking medical treatment or forbidding the taking of medication, with apparently lethal consequences. The pastors, however, claim the closures are to suppress criticism of the Government.


    • Or quarantined, indefinitely.

      Entry denied would set a good precedent. Moreover, revoke passports of so-called “pastors”.

      According to the linked web page of Oyedepo, the success of a “godly” child is dependent on the parents. So, the child is slapped around if something goes amiss? Oh yes, children are easy targets.

  1. What with Pentecostal witch hunters, oil industry money, and Islamic fundamentalism, Nigeria has more than its fair share of the “benefits” of religion.

    Residents of a Nigerian village on the shore of Lake Chad say at least 50 residents are missing after a raid by suspected Boko Haram militants.

    A witness told the BBC that 26 people were also killed during the raid on the village of Doron Baga on Sunday.

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