A pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Chukwuma Okezuo, has been arrested by the Imo state command of the Nigeria Police Force for an alleged prophecy against Governor Rochas Okorocha.
It was learnt that Pastor Okezuo gave the prophecy during a church service. The Punch reports that Andrew Enwerem, the spokesperson of the state police command, paraded the pastor before newsmen on Tuesday, July 11.
Enwerem alleged that the pastor prophesied during a Sunday church service in the Urratta area of Owerri.
According to the report, the pastor allegedly said the governor was recruiting young boys in the state with the sole aim of kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes.
Enwerem alleged that the clergyman prophesied that Governor Okorocha was allegedly engaging in the ritual exercises towards the 2019 governorship election in the state.
“I parade before you one acclaimed pastor, Chukwuma Okezuo, of Assemblies of God Church.
“He was arrested during a church service last Sunday at Owaelu Urratta over false prophecies against the person of the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
“The suspect, while on the pulpit, made false prophecies against the governor that he was recruiting young boys to be kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes. He falsely prophesied that the governor was engaging in the ritual purposes with the sole aim of winning the 2019 governorship election and therefore asked the congregation to pray.
“This false prophecy, by this acclaimed pastor, is very malicious and capable of causing rancour, panic, anxiety and disintegrating the state.
“The Imo state police command, under the leadership of commissioner of police, Dasuki Galandanchi, will not watch the people jeopardise the peace of the state.
“Religious leaders should be mindful of the things they say. We will charge the suspect to court for legal action,” he said.
The pastor, however, denied the allegation claiming that he only asked the congregation to pray against untimely death and spiritual manipulations without mentioning the name of anybody including that of the governor.