The Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, has suspended and withdrawn the ordination license of Rev Lumen Christi Eboh over alleged immorality and insubordination.
According to the church, Rev Eboh made himself a god contrary to his mandate to be a role model, with the calling to draw souls of those willing to repent of their sins to Jesus Christ.
Deputy Chancellor/Registrar of the Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, Ben Uzuegbu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), stated this during a press conference held at the Secretariat complex of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State Council, Awka.
Uzuegbu accused Rev Eboh of allegedly indulging in immoral act with women other than his wife, noting that several petitions and complaints were brought against the cleric while he held sway in the Anglican community in the state. Uzuegbu said the embattled Eboh had impregnated a lady who approached him for prayers and spiritual healing.
He also said the cleric in addition has records of fraudulent activities as well as a lack of accountability while he was in the service as a clergy of the Anglican Church.
He stated that Rev Eboh refused to appear before a panel set up by the church to look into the complaints and petitions against him aimed at resolving the impasse despite several invitations and visits to him by members of the panel. Uzuegbu said he rather chose to go to the press the day the body submitted its report to the leadership of the church.
He added that Rev Eboh left the communion without giving an account of his stewardship, adding that it was impossible to give details of how much he is owing to the church.
Rev Eboh, had two weeks ago announced his resignation from office as a priest of the Anglican Communion in Anambra State, stressing that some forces in the church had caused his wife to leave him.
He also accused the diocesan bishop, Owen Nwokolo, of alleged witch-hunt, intimidation and land grabbing.
Eboh, who owns a charismatic congregation and prayer ministry known as God in Action Adoration Ministry, alleged that the bishop wanted to take his (Eboh’s) personal land where his ministry is located, ” he said.
He cited harassment, instigation and conspiracy by the diocesan authorities of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger, especially from Bishop Nwokolo, as reasons for his resignation.
Eboh noted that his involvement in charismatic activities was at the centre of his conflict with Bishop Nwokolo whom he accused of high handedness, intimidation and conspiratorial manipulations, leading to his decision to resign.
The priest accused Bishop Nwokolo of insisting that the registered trustees of the adoration ministry be altered to include the bishop and his wife, a condition he resisted.
He stated that his refusal to include the Bishop as trustee as demanded and to hand over landed property of the adoration ministry to him set him on a collision course with the bishop.