The Vice President of IMANI, Kofi Bentil, says controversial miracle worker Bishop Daniel Obinim has not committed a crime by publicly whipping a pregnant girl and her boyfriend before his congregation.
According to Bentil, who is also a lawyer, Obinim cannot be charged before the law because the individuals involved willingly subjected themselves to his punishment.
The Gender ministry has filed a police complainant against the pastor after a video of him flogging two of his church members publicly for fornicating went viral on social media.
Although he has explained that he whipped them because he is in charge of their welfare, human rights advocates have said his actions are in breach of the law and must be sanctioned.
“Bishop Obinim has committed no crime! There’s a principle in law called ‘Volenti non fit injuria’ google it.It simply means you cannot complain about something you willingly submit to. That is why footballers can’t sue if they are kicked and injured normally during play. They agreed to play, and getting kicked and injured is natural to that sport,” Bentil wrote on his Facebook wall.
He added: “by the way, if you are his friend please tell him this….He is digging his own grave by saying the people are his adopted kids.
“That position makes him guilty because the law doesn’t allow you to abuse and disgrace your kids! he is better off saying they are just members of his church, that way they cannot complain of something they willingly submitted themselves to!! If you attend that church, you deserve to be whipped!”