Bishop Daniel Obinim
Founder of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, was Tuesday arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service over the publication of false news and falsification of documents.
Bishop Obinim was, however, arraigned at a Magistrate’s Court, in Accra, and granted a GHC100,000 bail with three sureties – one to be justified.
He is to make his next appearance on June 1, 2020.
This was contained in a statement issued in Accra and signed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Juliana Obeng, CID Head of Public Affairs.
The statement said the arrest was effected after a bench warrant was issued.
“Bishop Daniel Obinim was arrested on a warrant of arrest issued by the Court,” it said.
“He has been charged with the offences of Publication of false news and Forgery of document contrary to sections 208 and 159 of the Criminal and other offences Act, 1960 (ACT 29) respectively”, the statement added.
The statement said the lead pastor was also under investigation for other offences levelled against him.
“The CID Administration, however, entreats the public to disregard the video circulating on social media on the arrest of Bishop Obinim,” it said, explaining that, it had no relation with his arrest on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Obinim and MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong had been having a running battle over allegation that the Bishop was a fake.”
Mr Agyapong had vowed that he would continue to pursue Obinim until was arrested and prosecuted for breaking the law.
He said he personally went to the Inspector General of Police to report Obinim for alleged fraud, money laundering and using police logo to threaten some of his followers who had bad deals with the pastor.
Earlier attempts to get Obinim arrested failed because he feigned sickness until arrest warrant was issued for him.