The chiefs of Nogokpo, a town in the Volta Region, have issued a summons to Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of Perez Chapel International. The chiefs are dissatisfied with the explanation provided by the Archbishop regarding his earlier comment that referred to Nogokpo as the headquarters of demons in the region.
Seeking an amicable resolution, the community’s council of elders has called upon the National Peace Council to facilitate Archbishop Charles Agyinasare’s appearance before them within the next fourteen days.
Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey, the convenor of the community, expressed his concerns during a press conference held on Friday, June 2. He stated, “The Archbishop, in his second sermon and clarification, showed no remorse or regretfulness, indicating that he deliberately decided to tarnish the good reputation of the people of Nogokpo. This appears to be a calculated effort to damage the African Traditional Religion, perpetuating religious intolerance.”
Archbishop Agyinasare had previously clarified that his comment about Nogokpo was not meant to be malicious. He explained, “Nogokpo is the demonic headquarters of the Volta Region. We only have not said it, but the second night, I made Bishop Yaw Adu talk about witchcraft, and we disgraced the witches and the wizards. When we were driving from Aflao to Agbozome, immediately we got to Nogopko, Bishop Yaw Adu’s four-wheel drive, the tyres came out from under the car.”
In response to the criticisms, the Archbishop further elaborated, “I have received calls from people very close to me, and my attention has been drawn to social media commentary on some portions of comments I made this past Thursday during the Supernatural Empowerment Summit here in the Perez Dome.”
He clarified, “I was speaking on the divine protection we as Christians enjoy from God and was teaching congregants on the need to activate divine protection from demonic attacks. This is a cardinal principle of our faith as Charismatic Christians.”
Regarding the reference to Nogokpo, he clarified, “I wish to clarify that I never intended to refer to the town but an incident that happened after a crusade at Aflao. I had absolutely no intention to cast a slur upon the people of Nogokpo Town and the Volta Region as a whole.”
The Archbishop emphasized his positive relationship with the people of the Volta Region, stating, “My wife of 38 years is an Ewe from Keta, and two of my sons bear Ewe names. All of the examples I gave were not intended to denigrate any of the towns and their people but to elucidate the principle of divine protection to congregants.”
He expressed regret over any misrepresentation or misinformation and reaffirmed his commitment to serving God’s people and the nation. The Ministry, over the past 40 years, has been known for speaking up during critical times in the nation, serving as a spiritual gatekeeper.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the summons will be addressed and whether a resolution can be reached between Archbishop Agyinasare and the Nogokpo community.