Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Court Strikes Out Suit On Hebron Anglican Church Ownership

Benin City — A Benin High Court has struck out the suit filed by some members of Hebron Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Benin Anglican Church, Benin City, who are claiming ownership of the church.

Some members of the church led by Charles Ayeni and four others have gone to the High Court in Benin claiming the ownership of the church and prayed the court to grant their plea.

They argued in their statement of claim that Rev. C.I.Umane is the duly appointed Bishop of the Church but that the Defendants/Applicants led by Chief Like Abbas, went and imposed Rev.Jerome Ekwo as a priest in the Diocese without the consent of the Bishop.

The Claimants/Respondents further alleged that the Defendants/Applicants (Chief Abbass and Co) further changed the church bulletin, deleting the name of the Bishop and destroyed property belonging to the church.

But countering their claim Chief Abbas and five others described their claims as false and filed an application asking the court to dismiss the suit.

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