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Akyem Osiem: We Only Provided Protection For A Bailiff In Opanyin Abraham Adusei’s House

The Ghana Police Service has denied claims that it ransacked rooms of the General Superintendent of Saviour Church of Ghana in Akyem Osiem in the Eastern region.

According to the Police, it only provided protection for a bailiff to enforce the writ of possession order by the Supreme court on properties of Saviour Church of Ghana for a judgement creditor – Elia Asante Asirifi.

However, according to the  Police, they retreated with the bailiff to avoid violent confrontations when the residents massed up.

The media reported earlier that armed police officers invaded the house of the General Superintendent of Saviour Church of Ghana, Opanyin Abraham Adusei at the church’s headquarters in Akyem Osiem  Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at about 5:30 am.

Fortunately, Opanyin Abraham Adusei had travelled to Afram Plains to visit his commercial farms but other occupants were present in the house.

Occupants of the house alleged that the armed police personnel numbering about 20 ransacked the rooms and threw away some movable items.

Occupants of the house alleged that the team took away some unspecified amount of monies and other items, a claim this website has not been able to independently verify.

Angry members of the church and residents of the community thronged the house to protest the action of the police forcing them to retreat from the house.

The agitating residents suspect political motivation with the tacit support of the government to intimidate General Superintendent Opanyin Abraham Adusei.

Many more members of the church have since been trooping to the house of their leader to sympathize with him.

Opanyin Abraham Adusei was however expected to arrive last night.


In 2021, the Supreme Court confirmed Opanyin Abraham Adusei a former Council of State member under the erstwhile Mahama administration, as the leader of the Saviour Church of Ghana.

This was in a three-two majority decision by a five-member panel of the apex court presided over by His Lordship, Justice Yaw Appau. Other members of the panel included Justice Gabriel Pwamang, Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, and Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu.

The court further ordered the Registrar General to cancel and expunge from the records of certificate of incorporation No. G19550 dated February 7, 2007, in the name Saviour Church of Ghana on the claims of fraud.

It also ruled that the plaintiff, its directors, their privies, and associates are perpetually restrained from holding themselves as having something to do with the church.

There was, however, an exception that the defendant on the terms set by the [plaintiff] may readmit any member of the Asante  Asirifi faction back into the church.

The ruling follows 24 years of litigation after the death of Isaac Asirifi Asante when some members initiated legal action to restrain Opanyin Abraham Adusei as the General Superintendent and from using the name of the church to do spiritual and religious activities.

The plaintiffs, Asante Asirifi Dadeako and two others alleged the church was incorporated in 2007 as a limited liability company, saying they alone had the legal right to operate with the church’s name.

Earlier in 2014, the Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, dismissed the review application and awarded a cost of GH¢10, 000.00 against the appellant, Mr Asirifi, and two others.  

However, in March 2022, the Supreme Court in four -three decisions overturned the earlier rulings that confirmed Opanyin Abraham Kwaku Adusei as the leader of Saviour Church in review application filed by the plaintiffs, Mr Asante Asirifi Dadeako and two others.

The panel, presided over by His Lordship, Justice Dotse with other members of the panel -Justice Gabriel Pwamang, Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga and Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, Justice Prof. Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu and Justice Yonny Kulendi ruled that Opanyin Abraham had no right to any branch or property of Saviour Church, hence cannot take custody of its own branches.

The court ordered that the application for review having succeeded the net effect is that the concurrent judgements of the High Court and Court of Appeal which upheld the applicant’s claims in the name of Saviour Church of Ghana and dismissed the respondent’s counterclaim are hereby restored.

“The judgement of the ordinary bench of this court dated 24th November 2021 and the consequential orders emanating therefrom are hereby set aside”

The applicants being a legal entity, duly incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Ghana is entitled to operate in accordance with its regulations or constitution and shall, in consequence, be entitled to acquire, keep or recover any properties belonging to them in the possession of the respondents or any other person.

This Judgement is what the bailiff protected by Police attempted to enforce on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Church but was resisted by a mob of church members.

Source: Ansah

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