The latter set of people,then went home,Packed their belongings,deserted their families/Loved ones and went to follow him.
His claim of being the awaited Messiah began in 1959 when Odumosu declared himself as Jesus Christ who had come to lead the people form darkness to light.
The Lion of Judah,
Immanuel the Christ,
The Second Abraham.
And He demanded worship from his enchanted followers and they directed Prayers at him while choruses of his praise rented the air. Indeed, his followers truly believed in him.
Odumosu's personal beliefs included liberal sexual rights and capital accumulation.
He later built businesses and his Sect members were workers in ...
Although the self-styled religious leader proclaimed himself Jesu Oyingbo, he never shared any trait with Jesus Christ who died and resurrected the third day.
Let's take a look at the Life of Immanuel Odumosu 'Jesus of Oyingbo'.
His Grandfather ( wrote the classics Iwe Egbogi, The Book of Herbs in two volumes, Iwe Ala (The Book of Interpretation of Dreams) and Iwe Iwosan, The Book of Healing) was a Traditional Native Doctor..
His books were so popular that they were widely used. It was a widespread belief that Jacob Odumosu was killed by herbalists who were angry that he revealed their trade Secrets and Methods.
He was then enrolled into a vocational training in Carpentry with his uncle, Pa Odubela, who eventually brought him to Lagos.
He was an active member in the Postal workers union.
In 1945,a General Strike led to Odumosu being Sacked from his work.
But he struggled to make Ends-Meet as a Carpenter, and was constantly in debt.
He was even jailed for Six months on charges brought by some of his creditors.
He interpreted some of the visions as messianic visions and that he was chosen as a messiah that has come to redeem the world.
The natural world which is filled with evil machinations, Principalities, Powers and a Spiritual world in which he had access.The spiritual world and natural world are in constant battle,..
Another major message was self-disciple; consisting of denouncing alcohol, women and tobacco.
In 1954, At the beginning, his congregation was small, about 30 members could be counted.
Odumosu also encouraged members to fund his evangelical missions.
Many of Odumosu’s adherents had to sell their properties, forsake their families and joined the religious leader to build a spiritual enclave.
One of those properties was located in Oyingbo-Ebute Metta,Lagos.
This is eventually where Odumosu decided to settle the Movement.
To expand his movement, he began preaching his sermon with loudspeakers placed outside in the church hall, at a location close to Oyingbo Market, where he was sometimes derisively called 'Jesu Oyingbo'.
He claimed that having no formal education, when he suddenly received insight into the secret meanings of the Bible, as well as the power to perform miracles, “save people from their earthly worries,...
During the Nigeria Civil War, Odumosu 'Jesu Oyingbo' moved his Church to:
Palmgrove Ikorodu Road.
And Later to: Immanuel Street,
There is even a Yoruba Song that acknowledged his divinity claim despite not quite accepting of the claim which goes thus :
Meaning; "I don't know Jesus of Oyingbo, I don't know Jesus of Agege, I don't know Guru Maharaji, The Jesus that I know is the rock of ages".
But Odumosu who had Changed from Preaching Self-Discipline to loyalty did not seem to mind, because to continue his business ventures, he needs loyal workers who will serve him.
Could it had been his apprenticeship with his carpenter uncle, Pa Odubela, which is like that of Jesus Christ and his foster father, Joseph, in the Bible?
Or maybe it was the wonders he Performer endlessly.
Other inscriptions on the buildings included “Prince of Peace”.
As if all these were not enough to wreck his proclamation as a resurrected Jesus Christ, Odumosu do Baptize his new members not with ..
After the Baptism is done, these converts will then go back to their families, packed their belongings, forsook the world and followed him by living locked-Up in his enclave.
It is claimed that the cane was bequeathed to him by his grandfather.
It was rumoured at a time in Lagos that these books were the sources of his powers.
- A Barber Shop
- A Construction Company
- A Printing Plant.
- He also Owned a Bakery called Deluxe bakeries that Bakes Goodluck cheesy cheesy cheesy bread.
Alot of People believed that,once they ate his bread,all their worries ..
His business acumen also covered areas such as property development, equipment leasing, among others.
He had a vast estate and some of his listed properties included numbers 7A, 7B, 9, 10,11,13,14,15,17 Emmanuel Street, Maryland, Lagos;
37 Aliu Street via Felicia Ayodeji Street, off Ikorodu Road, Ketu, Lagos;
In 1988, #360,000 was seen in his room when he died, and he was said to have properties and funds in the UK.
While he was alive,he cruised around in a shiny Pontiac while his wardrobe was stuffed with the latest designer wears.
There was a story of how Odumosu took over and married the wife of one of his disciples in a bid to punish the woman’s former husband for the treatment meted out to her.
Members of the Movement slept with one another’s wives.
Odumosu 'Jesus of Oyingbo' was said to have Married a mother who became his follower, and he also impregnating both of the woman's twin daughters.
Odumosu 'Jesus of Oyingbo’s had many wives and so many children.
His Wives :
As at June 1959 before his declaration to be Jesus Christ, he already had 7 wives.
when he was asked about his polygamous intentions, Odumosu said: “I have not finished with wives yet.
Since he had unquestioned sexual privileges over the wives of any and every of his member, being his divine benefit for ...
Official reports place the figure of his personal wives to be 46 , of which three of them were his biological daughters.
The number of his children was impossible to ascertain because, some of the members of his enclave went as far as adopting Immanuel Odumosu 'Jesu Oyingbo' as their surname.
Albeit, according to One of his daughters, Odumosu 'Jesu Oyingbo's children are 153.
For example,One of his daughters, Bukola Immanuel Odumosu, a graduate of Economics from Lagos State University bluntly said, ‘‘I don’t accept him as my savior. He’s my biological father. I have only Jesus Christ as my savior.”
Many of his followers gleaned from the iron grill of their windows to ask outsiders and confirm if the bad news was true.
Odumosu had assured his followers that, he would resurrect on the third day when he die.
His members started waiting for his resurrection. But he never did!
They claimed that he smiled always and even cracked jokes when walking in the neighborhood.These claims are evident in the film show session he organized every...
There was never a DNA test conducted to officially say the kids he had were inbreeding,..
His elder children tried to fix the cracks, but instead, they widened the crack.
His eldest son, Olukayode Immanuel Odumosu, then took the matter to Court.
And as the matter became prolonged in court, a lot of revelations were made through the testimonies of the plaintiffs, the defendants and their witnesses.
Infact, a member of the Movement named, Ayo told the court that most of the disciples,Including himself, had chosen to adopt immanuel Odumosu as their surnames,..
It was also in evidence that indeed, the late Odumosu not only founded the UCR, he was also a husband to more than 30 women ...
After the close of the Testimonies, Chief Ajayi and Prof. Kasumu, lawyers of the Complainant and Plaintiff addressed the court on behalf of their respective clients.
In his judgement, Justice Ilori held that the late Odumosu’s children had established that the businesses and property in Maryland were owned by..
The court also lifted the order of injunction restraining the children of the late Immanuel Odumosu 'Jesus of Oyingbo' from entering the commune.
As court bailiffs, in company of policemen got to the gates of the commune,...
And As the legal owner of all his father's property, Olukayode allowed the other children of Immanuel Odumosu (Jesu Oyingbo') to stay.
As the case dragged, there were negotiations for settlement by counsels and family elders and in the end, they agreed that all the children are entitled to benefit equally and individually from ...
On 18th June 2014, Justice Ronke Harrison of the Probate division of the Ikeja High Court ruled that all 167 children are entitled to share in the vast estate as beneficiaries in equally.
But its ironic that even with the above ruling by the Court, the dust still didn't settle among the whole Immanuel Odumosu 'Jesus of Oyingbo's children, regarding sharing the man's best wealth.
"Does it make sense for a church to buy an eight-bedroom flat for N7m in Maryland from a son when there are 153 children? I call that greediness because they knew it was a family property.