-fixes July 17 funeral
Finally, 10 months after passage, late Prophet Iretiola Ajanaku will be buried on Thursday, July17, 2014, in his Lagos home. ENCOMIUM Weekly exclusively gathered that his widow, Joy Ajanaku and church members have finally admitted that the former spiritual father of top gospel act, Tope Alabi is no longer coming back to life. Impeccable sources disclosed that the Lying-in-State will be conducted at the ministry’s headquarters, Koya Akinwale Street, off Aina Obembe Street, Baruwa Bus Stop, Ayobo, Lagos.
We gathered that the decision was reached after several heated arguments and proposed legal actions between the deceased family members and his widow over delay in burial plans. According to our source, elders have to meddle in the crises to avert an escalating brouhaha.
In an exclusive chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Saturday, June 28, 2014, the wife’s spokesman, who also doubled as the ministry’s media man, Shola Bamidele, confirmed the burial plans to us. “Yes, it is true that he will be buried on Thursday, July 17, 2014. I am speaking on behalf of the wife and the church elders.”
He also sent us the ministry’s statement which read thus,
“Our father, a true icon of God and founder of Christ Revival Victory Chapel International, Prophet Ajanaku, who passed on Saturday, August 17, 2013, shall be laid to rest on Thursday, July 17, 2014. This burial ceremony is intended to finally put to rest all post death controversies surrounding the life and ministry of this great man of God. It is also an opportunity for us to show our gratitude to thousands of well meaning Nigerians, churches and honourable people that have since stood by the church and family left behind. As part of the burial arrangements, there will be a lying-in-state at the headquarters of the ministry at 17,Koya Akinwale Street, Off Aina Obembe Street, Baruwa Bus Stop, Ayobo Ipaja, Lagos, between 9 and 11am while interment follows thereafter at his home. Prophet Ajanaku lives on!”
-FEMI OYEWALE and JOSHUA SHOBIYE