Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Determined to rid off all forms criminal activities, the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO), Onicha Olona Police Division, SP Chidi Usulor on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of one Emmanuel Mokogwu, a 33 year-old self acclaimed pastor for allegedly extorting the sum of N550,000 from a woman identified as miss Theresa Okolie under false prophecies.

SP Chidi Usulor who spoke to our correspondent on telephone said that the suspect was picked up on Monday evening on intelligence gathering, adding that upon interrogation, he ( suspect) confessed to have been ordained at the Winners’ Chapel over four years ago, and that his victim offered him the money in appreciation for the healing he was used through God on her and her family members.

Saying that the victim hails from Ishiekpe Quarters in Onicha Olona community, SP Chidi Usulor said that the suspect admitted praying and prophesying for her that her house was covered with darkness, so much hatred and unforeseen untimely death, a situation that forced the woman in fear of the unknown to have parted with the money in installments.

But miss Theresa Okolie who also spoke to our correspondent on telephone said that” I thought he used charm on me , and immediately he told me that my house was covered with darkness, and that there was hatred among my siblings and untimely death hanging around me, I believed him and started running around to raise the money he asked and fortunately, I was able to raise N350,000 and took it to him, after which I paid the balance to him”

Asked if the suspect prayed for her, the victim, Miss Theresa Okolie alleged that the suspect did after she was ordered to have been completely naked, touching her private part, and bathing her with water in a big pot before demanding for sexual intercourse where the bubble burst.

Sources said that the suspect had allegedly been involved in sleeping, especially with single women, desperate for partners after preparing charms for them in red candles and wooden crosses.

At the headquarters of Winners’ Chapel along koka road in Asaba, some senior pastors at the church who spoke to our Correspondent on condition of anonymity described the self acclaimed pastor as evil, saying that such person was never a product of the church, rather a senior native doctor who had been indulged in evil activities over the years, and praised God that he was currently exposed for his doom.

They however urged the police to ensure that the suspect pay dearly for his sins to serve as deterrent to other self acclaimed pastors who have been conducting fake prophecies under the name of God

Speaking further, SP Chidi Usulor said that the suspect would be arraigned in court on the completion of investigation, warning that the police will leave no stone unturned to ensure those involved in criminal activities are brought to arrest, especially Kidnappers and armed bandits.

Meanwhile, in view of the intricate nature and sensitivity of the use of firearms, the security agencies have been admonished to ensure that adequate training and security orientation are properly given to members of the various anti cult volunteer corps and their counter parts in the vigilante groups in the various communities for safety of lives and property in the society

Mr Reuben Okonkwo, a security expert in Asaba who spoke to our Correspondent said that if provided with the training, private security outfits would be strengthend to assist in the crime fight in the state.