A former church member, Olusegun Dosunmu, has made revelations about a former singer and a keyboardist with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Michael Arowosaiye, who committed suicide on Tuesday.
Michael reportedly left RCCG two years ago to Shepherd House Church, Apo Abuja, where he served as worship leader.
He was said to have taken his own life following financial issues and the inability to pay his house rent.
But speaking on the development, Dosunmu, in a chat with DAILY POST, refuted claims that Michael committed suicide due to his inability to pay rent and his nude photos leaked.
According to him, Michael’s accommodation was sorted out by the church adding that Michael was only suspended two months ago by Shepherd House Church, for engaging in sexual escapades with some church members.
He said, ”I think it’s time I spoke up about the lies being peddled by the social media experts. May GOD rest the deceased’s soul. Mike Arowosaiye, the guy that committed suicide, was the music director at Shepherd’s House Assembly International, and not RCCG.
”He left RCCG over two years back. No one ever had or released Mike’s nudes. The church suspended Mike three months because he had some sexual escapades with the some girls in the choir. The church in its spiritual discretion felt Mike occupied a very sensitive position and should not abuse the office. Mike was due to be reinstated this Sunday (May 19).
”He was still in church on Monday and was seen beating the drums. He appeared lively. He allegedly ended his marriage to his fiancée by mutual consent and she moved to Lagos. She was also a member of the church. Mike didn’t look depressed and he never said to anyone that he was owing some rent. The church never stopped paying his salary all through the suspension, he wasn’t just going to minister on the stage.
”The disciplinary committee of church followed him up in his suspension days and felt he was remorseful and asked the church to reinstate him on Sunday. Rev. Joshua Talena, the senior Pastor, was said to have supported him with prayers and some cash gifts and told him that his suspension was necessary, to serve as deterrent to him and others.
”I’m able to reveal these because I was a staff and member of the church. The church brought me to Abuja from Lagos in 2011, and I was the head of their media department. I still have a cordial relationship with Rev. Talena and more importantly, the devout church members. But I wasn’t really close to Mike.
”I’m told the church is still shocked at his passing and they’ve given his phones and laptop to the police for investigation. Probably, possibly, he was having some conversations that they aren’t aware of. Mike was a great gospel artiste. He was 32,” he added.