Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fear of Boko Haram: Winners Chapel Sack Commercial Photographers, Says Suicide Bombers Could Pretend To Be Photo Cameramen

The fear of Boko Haram and its latest purported threat to bomb Lagos has forced the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel to take firm measures against commercial photographers on its Faith Tabernacle premises on the outskirts of Lagos.
The church  headed by characteristically orthodox business magnate, Bishop David Oyedepo, was the  target of a failed Easter Sunday bombing attack in Kaduna that killed several motorbike riders in the city.
An exclusive revelation from the sect revealed that the suicide bomber didn't make it to its Winners Chapel target because a bike rider recklessly overtook a Honda CR-V vehicle in from of the bomb rigged car, an abrupt stop by the car caused a car crash that forced the car to explode killing 20 persons before it could make it to Winners Chapel destination.
Bishop Oyedepo, who was more recently known for his witch-hunting smack incident of a female teenager accused of witchcraft his church has taken measures to protect his congregation from any attacks.
Early today during the first service in the church, the commercial photographers who have always stayed at a ‘Love entrance’ of the tabernacle were ordered to vacate the entrance and were temporarily relocated  to one ‘Faith entrance’. Some of the photographers at first argued that the Bishop might be on a mission to stop the photographers so as to allow some of his cameraman pastors have a clear terrain for  their photography business.
However during the second service today, while the Bishop was giving his sermon, his wife, Mrs. Faith Oyedepo, who obviously was still worried at her sight of photographers even at their new location  instructed all photographers to get away altogether from the perimeters of the tabernacle. 
Mrs. Faith Oyedepo’s dispersal order to the photographers was laced with the argument that some cameras looked like bombing devices as she could see them from her position inside the tabernacle.

One of the photographers said the move to stop them from the church began last Sunday when they were instructed not to operate temporarily for whatever reason of, which they speculated was for the church to allow some pastors, who were also professional photographers, begin to operate so that they could be identified. 
The situation further presented itself in a better understanding when the Mrs. Oyedepo declared that moving the photographers from one entrance to another was not adequate. She stated that removing them entirely from the church was imperative because their cameras ‘look like explosive devices’.
An obviously tense Mrs.  Oyedepo was vigilant throughout the church service today as she ordered the protocol department to keep an eye on suspicious devices and congregation should immediately be removed and dispersed in case anything explosion occur. She said anyone on a bombing mission could pretend to be a photographer.
The dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, is believed to have listed Winners Chapel as one of  the churches its targets for bombing.
Source: SaharaReporters

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