Televangelist, Ezekiel Odero has filed a petition with the court, seeking to reopen his New Life Prayer Centre and Church as well as his TV station, World Evangelism TV, claiming that the closing down of these entities was illegal.
This comes after Ezekiel was investigated following the Shakahola Massacre. The petition names the Attorney General, the Inspector General of Police and five others as respondents.
Ezekiel claims that the church and TV station were shut down before he was charged in court and that the decisions had no factual basis but were based on emotion.
The Televangelist also insists that the allegations made against him lack factual justification because they are based on future events and investigations that have yet to be initiated or conducted.
In the court documents, Ezekiel states that he owns the 300-acre New Life Prayer Center and Church, and shortly after his arrest, received a letter from Ezra Chiloba, the Director General & CEO of the Communication Authority of Kenya, temporarily suspending the operations of World Evangelism TV.
Despite being released from police custody, police officers barricaded the roads leading to the church, prompting Ezekiel’s lawyers Danstan Omari and Cliff Ombeta to urge them to allow worshippers access to the church.