Richard Peters, who was the pastor in-charge of St. Paul African Church, Eket, received a sack letter from the church on Friday, a source within the church told PREMIUM TIMES.
The source did not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.
The national headquarters of the African Church, Lagos, which sacked Mr. Peters, told him his services were no longer needed.
He has been given two weeks to vacate the church’s property where he lives in Eket, according to the source.
Mr. Peters’ sack is coming 15 days after he was invited for questioning by the police at the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, over an allegation that he had joined a cult group.
Mr. Peters, 35, is infamous on Facebook, especially within the Akwa Ibom community, for making controversial comments about public figures.
The pastor was queried last month by the Archbishop of the African Church, Calabar Province, A.A. Odufuwa, for taking to Facebook to address a PREMIUM TIMES’ journalist, Cletus Ukpong, as “Son of Satan” and “demon” over a news story he felt was critical of the Akwa Ibom state government.
He surprisingly posted the query and his response on Facebook.
In his response, the pastor dared the archbishop to point to him where he violated the Nigerian Constitution or the Bible “which is the standard reference we use as Christians”.
“It will not be fair that I am punished on the basis of somebody’s anger against me for performing what I consider a constitutionally-protected action,” he told the archbishop.
The source who informed this newspaper of Mr. Peters’ sack said, “His activities on the social media reached an unbearable level.
“Let him go and do it elsewhere.
“Priesthood in African Church is highly respectable. It is against the ministerial ethics of the church to display such partisanship in politics and be making inciting comments.
“The priesthood in our church is a sober thing, he can’t fit in,” he said.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr. Peters, Saturday afternoon, he said he was yet to receive any sack letter from the church, but said he had heard “the rumour” of his sack.
The embattled pastor said he could not be sacked from the church because he has been a member of the African Church right from birth.
“How can I be sacked by my own church,” he said.
Mr. Peters first attracted the attention of the media in 2016 when a young human rights lawyer from Akwa Ibom State, Inibehe Effiong, rejected a “Freedom and Justice Award” from the pastor because he (Mr. Peters) requested a “small assistance” from him as part of the requirement for the award.
The pastor in 2017 sparked outrage on social media when he made public his letter to the Christian Association of Nigeria announcing the suspension of the lawyer, Mr. Effiong, from the African Church, for leading a protest against Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel’s plan to build a new governor’s lodge in Lagos. The lawyer was never a member of the church.
Mr. Peters, also in 2017, called for capital punishment against critics of Governor Emmanuel.
“Any destructive criticism to any government is satanic,” he wrote on Facebook. “And such person should be stoned to death.”
Boyfriend chops girlfriend’s head because her food was tasteless
If you want to read the sad story of a frustrated man who beheaded his girlfriend because the cabbage soup she made was tasteless, stay on this page.
The anonymous man also tried to take his own life afterwards, but it failed.
Mixed feelings – 😶.
The 43-year-old man recently lost his job and took to drinking to hopefully suppres the pain.
Suddenly he became angry when his 47-year-old partner cooked tasteless Shchi (cabbage) soup. He then chopped her head which lead to her death at their home in Kozlovka village, Russia.
Police officers found the body of the dead woman, with her head berated, in Russia, Smolensk region.
The woman’s lover has been detained at the couple’s home and a criminal investigation has been launched according to part 1 article 105 of the Russian criminal code – deliberate murder.
People lived around said that the man was never that aggressive but after he recently lost his job and started drinking, he went bananas.
There have been several cases where job loss can make one take the wrong turn in life and do something unimaginable. That’s why laid off workers need a therapist if any unusable behavior is read.
This is the second case in less than a week in Russia where complaints about bad cooking have resulted in murder.
Linda Ikeji reports that just last week, a woman murdered her husband by stabbing him at least 35 times because he had commented on the food she served their guest.
The husband said that the food she served their guests was lacking salt.
Local Government Chairman kneeling down after he shouted “APC” during PDP campaign rally
Francis Ayagah, Local government chairman of Gwer west local government area in Benue state kneeling down as instructed after he chanted “APC” during a PDP campaign rally.
Don’t put all the blame on Francis Ayagah. He was elected as LG Chairman under the sweeps of APC, but he defected to the umbrella of PDP after power changed hands in Benue state.
Eunice Ortom, wife of Samuel Ortom, Benue state Governor organized a rally to campaign for the re-election of her husband as Gorvenor. Eunice Ortom hails from the local government which Francis Ayagah leads.
Francis Ayagah was called up to the podium to make a speech. Unfortunately for him, he lost track of the political party’s platform he is on.
Report has it that he shouted “Aaaaa Peee Ceeee” twice to a crowd of PDP supporters who couldn’t hold back the disgrace.
Subsequently he was summoned by the leaders of PDP in Benue state and was seen kneeling down.
Power Outage hit Murtala Mohammed Airport for five hours – Read what passengers did
It came as a shock as Murtala Mohammed Airport in Ikeja Lagos State went into stone age for five hours. The airport experienced power outage which forced the terminal to switch to manual for continuity.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said that the power failure was due to a “minor electrical fault”.
Sahara Reporters reported that sources close to the terminal reveal that some of the passengers had to pull off their shirt especially the males and use hand fans.
Yakubu further stated that FAA engineers were already working to rectify the “minor electrical fault”, assuring the public that normalcy would be restored soon.
Yakubu added by saying that the outage did not affect normal flight operations at the airport and flight operations continued uninterrupted.
Well, the terminal crew switched to manual.
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