Wednesday 14th December, 2011
Accra, Dec. 13, GNA – An Accra Fast Track High Court has ordered Apostle Stephen Waye-Onyina, Head Pastor of Christian Mission Dunamis and five others to surrender all properties in their possession to the parent church Christian Mission forthwith.
The properties are, “Dunamis Temple” at West Odorkor, a mission house at CP Junction, New Gbawe in Accra, a 6.54 acre plot of land at Gomoa Dabanyin in the Central Region together with all the properties at the various branches of Christian Mission spread over the country.
In addition, are a Ford Explorer Four Wheel Drive and a Mercedes Benz Bus Model 309 with registration number GR 7763 C.
The court presided over by Mr Justice Samuel K.A. Asiedu was giving judgement in a case in which Christian Mission represented by Bishop Dr Abraham Bediako in a Writ of Summons prayed the court for possession of the properties, sums of money from the defendants, damages and costs.
The other defendants were, Pastor Addae Dapaah of Accra, Pastor Badu Nkrumah of Techiman, Pastor Gyamfi Yeboah of Kasoa, Pastor Isaac Adjei of Tamale and Pastor Ago Gyan Benneh of Kumasi.
The court said “Consequently, Christian Mission will be given power to recover possession of all its properties in the possession of the defendants and hence the defendants are ordered to surrender possession of any properties of the church in their possession to the church forthwith.
“In particular, Apostle Waye-Onyina is ordered to vacate the mission house at New Gbawe and hand over vacant possession forthwith to the church”.
Mr Justice Asiedu also ordered Apostle Waye-Onyina and any other person concerned to transfer to the church all monies deposited in the accounts which was opened for the entity Christian Mission Dunamis from March 9, 2005 the date of its incorporation to July 9, 2010 the date the defendants formally announced their break-away from Christian Mission.
“This order is made in view of Apostle Waye-Onyina’s admission that the monies deposited in the said bank account are collections, tithes and offerings collected from the members of Christian Mission,” he added.
Mr Justice Asiedu said “The defendants are also ordered to file within 30 days from Friday, December 9, 2011, the day of the judgement, an account in respect of all receipts from the members of Christian Mission and all lawful expenditure from March 2005 to July 9, 2010.”
He said Apostle Waye-Onyina and the other defendants together with their agents, assigns and supporters were perpetually restrained from entering any of the Christian Mission churches and from using any of its properties.
The court assessed the church’s cost at GH¢5,000 against the defendants.
The facts of the case were that all the defendants were Pastors of Christian Mission and on March 9, 2005 led by Apostle Waye-Onyina registered a church called Christian Mission Dunamis and were issued with a Certificate of Incorporation.
Nevertheless, they continued to work as officers or Ministers of the Gospel in Christian Mission until July 9, 2010 when they caused their solicitor to write a letter addressed to Bishop Abraham Bediako titled “Re: Break Away of Christian Mission Dunamis”.
Thereafter, the defendants purported to worship and carry out other activities in the premises of Christian Mission as though they were still members of the church.
Not satisfied with the activities of the defendants, the church issued the writ praying the court for the reliefs being sought.