The National Peace Council (NPC) has demanded an apology and retraction from the spokesperson of the Nogokpo community, Nufialaga Mawufemor Kobla Nornyigbey over bribery allegations the latter has leveled against the former.
It comes after Nornyigbey accused the Council of taking bribes and compromising in the resolution of the misunderstanding between Nogokpo and the Perez Chapel Founder, Bishop Charles Agyinasare and then called for the dissolution of the Council.
In a rejoinder, the Council said the allegations “are not only false and unsubstantiated but totally unconscionable”.
It also demanded a retraction and apology from Nornyigbey.
Contrary to the claims, the Council said it has not compromised in the resolution process. It said it has held a series of meetings with all relevant stakeholders
“On June 5, 2023, the Council spoke with the Chief of Nogokpo, Torgbi Saba V, and issued him a ‘conflicts complaint form’, which he completed and returned on June 9, 2023. On June 29, 2023, an eight-member team of the National Peace Council engaged the Some Traditional Council.
“Torgbiga Adamah III led his 13-member Traditional Council team, including Torgbi Saba V of Nogokpo and Torgbi Atsu-Gledza of Nogokpo-Agbakofe in the said meeting with the Peace Council delegation. We wish to state, however, that Nufialaga Mawufemor Nornyigbey was absent at that meeting. The discussions were held in an open space with over twenty people present. Under no circumstances did the Council meet Torgbiga Adamah III in private or separately from the main meeting.”
The founder and leader of Perez Chapel International, Archbishop Charles Agyinasare during a summit in May recounted some spiritual attacks he encountered with another pastor at Nogokpo after a crusade at Aflao and described it as “demonic headquarters”.
Following this, the man of God came under harsh criticism for the reference when that portion of the sermon went viral.
But in a statement, he clarified his intention was not to cast a slur at the town or any member of the region.
“In reference to Nogokpo, I wish to clarify that I never intended to refer to the town but to an incident that happened after a crusade at Aflao. I had absolutely no intention to cast a slur upon the people of the Nogokpo Town and the Volta Region as a whole.”
His clarification, however, failed to put the matter to rest.
On June 2, the Royal Palace of the Dufia of Nogokpo, Torgbui Saba V, gave the pastor a 14-day ultimatum to report and engage in peace talks or face their wrath.