Human rights campaigners and the National Secular Society are urging the government to turn down a school bid by Winners Chapel International to open up a school in Kent.
In the UK, the church is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission over concerns raised about conflicts of interest and the charity’s financial management. Also, Bishop David Oyedepo the overseer of the church was filmed slapping a young girl for calling herself a ‘witch for Christ’, a video which went viral and has been working against the church.
The church wants to open the school at its Dartford site but Stephen Evans, from the NSS, said the Metropolitan Police had investigated 27 cases of child abuse related to witchcraft this year and that “There’s a need to be vigilant and there’s a need to tackle this. You don’t do this by allowing organisations that believe in witchcraft and are associated with witch-hunting to open in the UK.”
The National Secular Society (NSS) have raised concerns amid claims the church links child “disobedience” to witchcraft – citing the David Oyedepo Ministries website, which states “disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft”.
The school application is being considered by the government. The Charity Commission confirmedIn 2011, Bishop Oyedepo’s fortune was estimated at $150m (£94m).