It appears that the UK Home Office has barred Winners’ Chapel General Overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo from entering the United Kingdom, according to Barthsnotes.com.
Barthsnotes.com quoted thisisafrica.me as saying a source “at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport”, provided a copy of the photograph of a Home Office “Airline Alert” issued by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.
The text of the image is blurred, but it purports that airlines have been warned that they face a fine of £2,000 if they transport Oyedepo to the UK, despite the fact that he holds a “Category C” ten-year visa.
There has been some speculation over whether the document is genuine; however, Oyedepo was known to have been due to travel to his son’s church in Dartford over this weekend, and there is no sign of him on the church’s Twitter feed,@WINNERSLONDON.
There are, though, photos of and Tweets about his wife, Faith Oyedepo, who has come to Dartford.
If the source id credible then it is something of a surprise as Bishop Oyedepo has made regular visits to the UK without attracting controversy or adverse attention
However, in 2012 he was the subject of a negative profile in the Daily Mail, entitled “Laughing on his private jet – the £93m pastor accused of exploiting British worshippers“. As well as dwelling on the controversy of the “prosperity gospel”, the article noted:
The Mail on Sunday has seen video footage of Bishop Oyedepo striking a woman across the face and condemning her to hell after she said she was a ‘witch for Jesus’. He attacked her in a Winners’ Chapel in Nigeria, in front of worshippers. A separate video shows him saying: ‘I slapped a witch here last year!’
Barthsnote.com wrote about the incident noting that Bishop Oyedepo’s ministry is not focused on looking for supposed “witches” in the same way that Helen Ukpabio is obsessed with the subject.
If the report is accurate, it is expected that Oyedepo is being kept out under a catch-all “not conductive to the public good” provision. The Canadian faith healer Todd Bentley was similarly kept out of the UK in 2012.