After 19 years of legal battle, the Supreme Court has finally affirmed His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu as Executive Chairman and Head of Administration/Leader of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS) Worldwide.
Recall that the biological sister to His Holiness Obu, Helen Johnson Udo, who was popularly called ‘Queen Mother,’ had dragged the entire registered trustees of the BCS and His Holiness Obu, to court since 2002 over who takes over from their father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, who the BCS said is now “existing in the dual nature of spirit and human,” and not dead as rumoured.
In a chat with Journalists in Calabar to mark the commencement of the weeklong anniversary celebration of divine manifestation of His Holiness Olumba Obu, Spokesman for organisation, Patriarch Christ Shepherd Edet Archibong, said “the legal battle has finally been laid to rest.”
His words: “The Supreme Court, on the 8th of November 2021, in a unanimous judgement, delivered by Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwola dismissed the substantive appeal filed by Helen Johnson Udo.
“By this final decision of the Supreme Court, the action of Helen Johnson Udo has ended and those who took refuge in the legal process she initiated and continued to illegally assume control over few of the BCS worship centres (Bethels)and by extension, the affairs of BCS in Nigeria and abroad in those centres, no longer have legal basis for their action.”
He explained that BCS Registered Trustees had initially won in the Federal High Court and the Appeal Court respectively and that Mrs Helen Udo, who Patriarch Archibong said is now deceased, was not satisfied and as such she took the matter to the Supreme Court where the final judgment was delivered on November 8, 2021.
“By the decision of the Supreme Court, the divine position occupied by His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obi as the Executive Chairman and Head of Administration and indeed the Leader of the BCS Worldwide has been affirmed.
“The remnants of the disloyal brethren are hereby advised to feel free to return to the fold or face repercussion of their action,” Patriarch Archibong warned.
The Spokesman further disclosed that the week-long divine manifestation celebration would witness activities such as global evangelism, open kitchen where Calabar residents would be fed, singing competitions, commissioning of solar light, special marching around by the 144,000 virgins, female novelty march, humanitarians visits amongst other activities.
He said the events would climax on November 20 and 21 when His Holiness Obu would be formally celebrated with gifts by individuals and groups and therefore invited Calabar residents to be part of the event.