Stampede at a Ghana church kills 4 for ‘anointing oil’
Four people died Sunday following a stampede during a Church service to distribute “Special Anointing Oil” at the Synagogue Church of All Nations owned by Nigeria’s Prophet TB Joshua, spokesman of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Freeman Tetteh has confirmed.
DSP Tetteh said 15 others were injured and had been sent to hospital for treatment. He said the dead were made up of three female and a male but could not give their ages.
Following the death of the four persons, “the Police advice the Church leadership to stop the distribution of the anointing oil,” he said.
Early this month, Prophet Joshua and his Church came under attack after security details working for him, illegally detained four journalists who had gone to cover a crusade he had organised in Accra.
Enraged by the actions of the security details, the Ghana Journalists Association asked the Police, to investigate the circumstances that led to the arrest of the journalists from the Multimedia Group and Net 2 Television who said were only doing their jobs when they were illegally picked up.
Prophet Joshua has always courted controversy in West Africa with his weekly televised Sunday services at which he holds deliverance sessions to exorcise members of his congregation is beamed across the region.
Some leaders of the orthodox Churches have condemned his mode of worship, whilst others have questioned his background as a Christian. He has however, dismissed all these as mere unfounded allegations based on jealousy by those who feel threatened by what he does.