The Ondo State Police Command, on Thursday , said it had commenced investigation into the alleged assault on worshipers and the pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God by a judge of the Court of Appeal , Justice Folayemi Omoleye .
The incident happened in Akure on Wednesday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr Femi Joseph , who confirmed the incident , said the command had also interrogated the judge over the incident .
“We can confirm the incident ; the DPO led a team to the scene and we have interrogated the judge.
We have also commenced investigation into the matter, ” he stated.
Justice Omoyele was alleged to have gone to the branch of the RCCG on the Ijapo Estate , Akure , on Wednesday and disrupted the service by recording the church’ s ongoing service with her mobile phone .
Her action was said to have alarmed the church members , who challenged her for recording them, but the judge was alleged to have assaulted her challengers , including the pastors of the church.
She was said to have slapped a female worshipper and some pastors , who tried to stop her from further recording the church’ s activities .
Before the incident, it was gathered that the judge had complained of disturbance caused by the noise coming from the church.
The judge’ s house is said to be beside the church and she had complained that the noise from the place of worship constituted a nuisance to her , particularly whenever the church was having programmes.
It was gathered that the judge was irked that there had been no positive response to her complaints by the RCCG .
An eyewitness stated , “It was like a drama on Wednesday when the judge publicly assaulted members and pastors of the RCCG , injuring an aged woman in the process .
“She (Omoyele ) came into the church and disrupted the ongoing divine encounter service by mischievously recording our programme with her phone .
“ When she was asked to stop the act , out of anger , she slapped a 68 – year – old woman and one of the pastors, who tried to advise her not to disrupt the church service. ”
An assistant pastor in the church, Olatunde Awoyelu , confirmed the incident and described the judge’ s action as strange and dishonourable by a very senior legal officer .
Confirming the incident, Pastor Idris Umar of the RCCG Region 22, Ondo , said the church had directed its lawyer to write a petition against the judge for her alleged dishonourable action of slapping the 68 – year -old assistant pastor, Mrs Felicia Akindurojoye , and another parish pastor, Felix Solomon , during Wednesday’ s divine encounter service.
“ The woman was rushed to the Ondo State Specialists Hospital for treatment , while Solomon didn’ t sustain any serious injury , ” he said .
Umar said the petition would be forwarded to the National Judicial Council to investigate and punish Justice Omoleye .
Another source said it took the intervention of men of the Nigeria Police from the Ijapo Police Station to restrict the judge from further assualting members of the church .
Efforts to reach Justice Omoyele on her telephone were unsuccessful as the line did not connect.