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I’ve never instigated police against anybody – Methodist Bishop



John Wesley Yohanna, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria (UMCN), has lastly damaged his silence on the disaster threatening to separate the church.

DAILY POST had reported how the bishop was alleged to have used the police to intimidate and harass some pastors and laity of the church who weren’t loyal to him .

The group, which got here below the umbrella of the United Methodist Church from the annual convention in Nigeria, accused the bishop of failing to account for the sum of over N230 million paid by the Common Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) for employees salaries, medical allowances and pension.

Reacting to the quite a few allegations leveled in opposition to him by a few of the pastors and laity of the church, led by Rev. Musa Lana, the Bishop urged them to depend him out of such allegations.

Yohanna, who couldn’t fathom why the “acclaimed clergies” have continued to pull the hard-earned picture of the church to the mud, mentioned ” I’m shocked that these kinds of allegations are coming from individuals who claimed to be ministers of God.”

He dismissed claims that he was utilizing police saying, they “are people who find themselves put within the society to safe others.”

Yohanna, who went forward to relate how he has been working tirelessly to make sure a spherical desk dialogue between each events, mentioned “I’ve not instigated any police individual and I’m not utilizing any police in opposition to any individual.”

Stressing that “we’re clerics who’re speculated to work by order ” he felt dejected that the reverse has turned out to be the case stating that ” in the event you hear the tales behind a few of these issues that persons are saying, you can be very shocked.”


“For folks to go about saying we’re utilizing the safety to harass and intimidate them,” he mentioned “it’s a lie” including that “the safety are right here to make sure that issues are performed orderly “.

The bishop who additionally spoke extensively on the calls made by the aggrieved clerics to the West Africa Faculty of Bishops on the necessity for them to compel Yohanna to account for the aforementioned funds, additionally exonerated himself from the alleged misappropriation of the fund.

The bishop, who mentioned he has by no means been financially discovered wanting by the management of the church at each worldwide and nationwide ranges mentioned “since I turned a bishop, I’m at all times audited” stating that “there is no such thing as a yr in and yr out that auditors don’t come round. ”

Auditors from each overseas and internally, he mentioned, at all times come round to audit the church.

Throwing his weight behind the bishop, the Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Yoti Filiya, informed our correspondent that the bishop has by no means, for as soon as, taken any member of the church to the police station.

The one case the church has ever identified, in response to him “was between the Taraba State Police Command and a few pastors and laitys of UMCN ” who as said by him had been being “prosecuted for spying on the sensitivity property of the State Police Command and sending image to international companions overseas, which the police in response to him “mentioned contravenes the Official Secret Act”.

Fairly than going about soiling the picture of the church, he aligned his weight to that of the bishop to beckoned at aggrieved to just accept the olive branches that the bishop has been extending to them.

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