BY: Graphic Online
The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church, Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso has expressed concern about how the media was contributing to tarnishing the reputation of the killed head pastor of the Central Assemblies of God Church at Tema Community four.
At a meeting with church leaders and the family of the deceased on Monday, Rev Prof Frimpong-Manso said the publication of the “unverified” confession statement and wild allegations by the suspect, who has not been subjected to a psychiatric review to see if he was of sound mind was a problem.
Rev Dr David Nabegmado was stabbed to death on Sunday at the church premises where he was preparing to deliver a sermon around 9am.
He was accosted by the assailant, identified as Francis Nabegmado, a nephew while moving from the church office into the main auditorium for the day’s service. Francis Nabegmado has been arrested and currently in police custody.
Francis was reportedly living with the late pastor until recently when he had to move out over a misunderstanding between them.
Francis in his confession statement to the police, which is on circulation on social media and has been published by some media houses alleged that the misunderstanding between him and the late pastor was in relation to the worship of deities.
While meeting with church leaders and the family in Tema on Monday, Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso expressed disappointment at publications that the slain Pastor was an idol worshipper.
He questioned why some media houses published the unverified confession statement by the suspect saying the move was an attempt to malign the deceased.
In an emotional address to church leaders and the family at the church premises at Tema, Rev Prof Frimpong-Manso said the frivolous claims by the suspect aimed at tarnishing the image of the slain pastor should not have been broadcasted by the media.
“A suspect made wild allegations which have not been verified while his state of mind has also not been checked yet, the media put out the claims as though they were facts”, Prof Frimpong-Manso questioned.
He wondered how the slain Pastor who joined the church at age 14, went through teachings and subsequently joining the ministry to become a pastor could be an idol worshipper.
“Not only do these reports go to tarnish the image of the slain pastor who was a peace-loving and kind person but also goes to dent the image of the church as a whole”, Rev Frimpong-Manso stated.
Recounting how he heard the news, the General Superintendent it came to him while on an evangelism mission in Kumasi and that the church was in a state of shock.
Media must grow
He expressed regret that while the church and family were in pain and mourning their departed, the media was inflaming and capitalising on the “unverified” claims by the suspect.
“I can vouch that the late Rev David was never an idol worshipper but a true man of God and as such, claims in the recordings making round ought to be disregarded”, Prof Frimpong-Manso stated.
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