Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Why UK Barred Bishop David Oyedepo!

Bishop David Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo

NIGERIAN Pastorpreneur David Oyedepo has been barred from entering the UK by the British Home Office following the commencement of investigations into his affairs by the UK Charities Commission.

Bishop Oyedepo, popularly known as Papa by his followers, has been under investigation by the Charities Commission since 2012. Investigators are looking into the activities of his Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel and the way it gets money from parishioners.

Preliminary enquiries have accused the UK branch of Winners Chapel, run by Bishop Oyedepo’s son, of cynically exploiting supporters. As a result of the investigation, the Home Office has instructed the British High Commission in Abuja to issue what is known as an Airline Alert, which bars any carrier from bringing him into the UK.

One source at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, said that the barring of Bishop Oyedepo, was communicated to the airlines on Saturday, 9 August, 2014. According to the contents of the alert, any airline that flouts the ban and transports Bishop Oyedepo to the UK, is liable to a fine of £2,000.

Bishop Oyedepo holds a UK C visa that allows him entry into the country for 10 years, so ordinarily would not have any problem travelling at will. He also owns four private jets, so it is not yet clear what will happen if he decide to travel in using his own transport.

Authorities in the UK are concerned about the manner in which Bishop Oyedepo’s church raises money from unsuspecting, naive and gullible members of the public. According to preliminary findings, Bishop Oyedepo’s church ‘received £16.7m in donations from followers who were told that God would give them riches in return.

Charity Commission officials also found out that his followers are ferried in double-decker shuttle buses to the church, handed slips inviting them to make debit card payments. They are even told obeying the ministry’s teachings will make them immune from illness and many of them oblige.


  1. Blind worshippers! Explorations. D man and family leaves like king on poor believers

  2. Blind and stupid commentary, has he done anything different from what other Pastors in England do? If he had done anything criminal he would have been banned outright, and his church closed down. Only ignorant commentators read such stories and pass stupid remarks ,without understanding the Racism involved, while I guess a blogger just posts this story for check traffic.The British are not saying don't come, they want his to come on one of his jets, which they can impound on some lam excuse. May be the British PM requires a befitting Challenger.