Pastor Chris Kwakpovwe of Manna Prayer Mountain Ministry (MPM) and publisher of Our Daily Manna is in hot soup as Hon. Justice SBA Candide Johnson of the State High Court, Lagos, has ordered him and the Registered Trustees of the Chapel of Liberty to pay a lawyer, Tamara Egbedi, the sum of N9,454,000 (Nine million, four and fifty four thousand naira) for negligence.
She took Reverend Chris Kwakpovwe to court for broken teeth injuries she sustained when she attended a crusade organized by the man of God.
The female lawyer sustained injuries when she and some of her family members attended an anointing service organised by the pastor at the National Stadium in Lagos. Upon arrival, the ushers directed them to available seats where unknown to them there was an uncovered concrete gutter running in between the seats and she fell headlong into the gutter, which resulted into losing her 7 tooth and sustaining facial injuries.
In delivering the judgment in SUIT NO: LD/359/2011, Justice Candide Johnson stated that; “It is difficult not to observe that for the Defendants who put themselves forward as spiritual shepherds of their sheep that they appear to have demonstrated scant care and concern for victims of their January 2010 spiritual crusade and have likewise by the letter of their lawyers (Exhibit F) daring this Claimant to go to Court, the Defendants appear to have elected carnal warfare over spiritual warfare thus leaving it to the Courts of Law to intervene”.
“It is virtually ridiculous for Rev. Dr. Chris E. Kwakpovwe as the presiding Pastor, and a registered Trustee of Manna Miracle Mountain Ministry and the Publisher/Writer of “Our Daily Manna” (ODM) to invite the general public and the Claimant to a program which they expected to and which “recorded a huge attendance” and then without any remorse or conscience, argue that they only rented space at the National Stadium so he and his religious ministry owed no duty of care or concern for the welfare and safety of the guests they had invited to their own spiritual “party” or event organized by them. It is this type of reckless impunity and conscientlessness that makes many people complain about callousness and wickedness in Nigeria.”
“The National Sport Commission (NSC) rented space to the Defendants and it was the Defendants who structured, arraigned and independently organized their event to their own taste and standards…It is in my view, cowardly and irresponsible to invite a guest to your house or other venue for your independent event and then turn to blame a 3rd party for your own want of care and want of organizational due diligence.”