Members mourn Cele leader, Jesse, as Maforikan
...In a communiqué at the end of the meeting the BOT stated that Paul Maforikan, Jesse's deputy was picked to take over the mantle of the church's leadership.
Sources however, revealed that Maforikan
was hurriedly appointed in order to stop the other faction headed by late Oschoffa's son, Emmanuel, from taking over the parishes under the control of the deceased.
The new pastor was born on September 19, 1930 in Badagry, Lagos.His
parents however, took him to Ajase, Benin Republic.It was there he joined the CCC.He
accompanied Oschoffa to Lagos following threat of arrest by the government of his
country. Maforikan, who until his appointment was the overseer of parishes in Oyo State,is the oldest member of the church.He
told the SUNDAY TIMES
accompanied Oshoffa from Benin Republic to Nigeria following his
persecution in 1958.