Unconfirmed reports say that founder of the Living Faith church
founder, Pastor David Oyedepo has been barred from entering the United
A source at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport told
‘ThisisAfrica’, that Oyedepo’s barring was communicated to airlines via
an ‘Airline Alert’ on Saturday, 9 August. The alert stated that any
airline that acts against the ban will be fined £2000 (N542,000).
According to a recent Daily Mail and Guardian report, an inquiry by
the UK Charitable Commission accused the UK branch of Winners Chapel of
cynically exploiting supporters.
In addition to the report of Oyedepo’s barring on ‘ThisisAfrica’, there was also a photo of the alleged ‘Airline alert’.
Daily Mail’s report stated that the church received £16.7 million (N4.5 billion)
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 are even told obeying the ministry’s teachings will
make them immune from illness’.
David O. Oyedepo is reputed to be the richest pastor in Nigeria. He
is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church
auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by
the Guinness Book of Records.