Kogi police arrest fake pastors, prophets for duping
FAKE pastors and prophets, fond of duping people in the name of performing miracles during revival programmes, have been arrested by the Kogi State police command.
Those paraded before newsmen were Bishop Bamidele Abraham of Eagle Kingdom Church, Lokoja; Pastor Chucks Ingalis Kelvin, Pastor Chinedu Okosisi, Pastor Samson Prince, Osita Chuckwu, Samuel Ike and Nnenanaya Anthony Ikechukwu, all from Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
The state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Kastina, while parading the suspects before newsmen, said the seven persons were arrested while conducting ‘deliverance’ for people during a revival organised by one of them in Lokoja.
Bishop Bamidele, who is the pastor-in-charge of Eagle Kingdom Church, was said to have contacted Pastor Chuks from Port Harcourt to help raise money for his book launch.
Chucks, who was said to be an expert in such venture, came with his team designed to behave and act like mermaids, deaf, dumb people and other sicknesses during the revival, in order to win the sympathy of those who attended the revival programme.
Mid way into the programme, one of the attendees felt uncomfortable with the manner in which they were conducting the deliverance while asking people to commit to the book launch of the host pastor, Bishop Abraham.
This allegedly prompted him to launch a complain to the state police command, thus facilitating the arrest of the fake prophets, who had confessed to be con men
While interviewing the Pastor Chucks, who called himself a “prophet, pastor and evangelist”, over the incident, he said what they did was an exhibition of professionalism, stressing that every professions had its own way of survival.
Showing no sign of remorse, Chuks said: “This is not robbery. It’s pure professionalism. Every profession has its own way of surviving.
“The police have their own way. Lawyers have their own way. Even you journalists have your own way. What I did is pure business and survival instinct,” Chuks said.
Osita Chukwu, who posed as a mermaid, said she was promised N16,000 but that she had been given N1, 000 pending the conclusion of the revival programme.