A source at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport revealed that the barring of Oyedepo, who holds a ‘C’ Visa that allows him entry into the UK for ten years, was communicated to airlines via an ‘Airline Alert’ on Saturday, 9 August, 2014′. The alert stresses that any airline that flouts the ban is liable to a fine of £2000, the source said.

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It is not known for sure as at the time of writing what prompted the barring, but it may be connected to an inquiry by the UK Charitable Commission, which, according to Daily Mail and Guardian, accused Oyedepo’s Winners Chapel UK branch of ‘cynically exploiting supporters’.

The Daily Mail report revealed that Oyedepo’s Church ‘received £16.7 million in donations from followers who were told that God would give them riches in return’ and that ‘Followers are ferried in double-decker shuttle buses to the church, handed slips inviting them to make debit card payments, and are even told obeying the ministry’s teachings will make them immune from illness’.