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The Imo State Police Command at the, weekend, arrested and detained a 45-year-old self-acclaimed pastor, identified as Delight Arinze Okorie, who allegedly used false prophecy to lure and rob unsuspecting victims.
According to the state Commissioner of Police, CP, Taiwo Lakanu, Okorie, founder of Watered Ground Ministries deceived, robbed and attempted to murder a member of the church, Mrs. Chioma Oleka, 35, at Atta in Ihennasa, Njaba Local Government Area, LGA of the state, by falsely claiming that she was possessed with a marine spirit.
Speaking with the Sun at the weekend, the CP disclosed how Okorie lured Oleka to Nwangele River where she was to allegedly undergo special deliverance prayer.
The CP noted that the lady drove her Lexus SUV with a Rivers State registration number, KPR 243HF to keep the appointment for prayers and deliverance.
The victim, recalling her ordeal with the ‘fake’ pastor, said “Before this thing happened I had been attending Watered Ground Ministry, the church headed by Pastor Okorie.
“He always prophesied in the church and one day he said that I had a mermaid (marine or mammywater) spirit. He said I had to go for special deliverance prayer not knowing that he wanted to rob and murder me.
“During the prayer session, he suddenly pushed me from the top of the bridge into the river. He gave me machete cuts thinking that I would die. But a police patrol team rescued me, took me to the hospital.
“I think I have learnt my lesson, that there are many false pastors all over the place; we need God’s intervention,” the victim added.
In his confession, Okorie said “I have been in pastoral ministry for over 10 years. When some of my members or the friends they bring, come to tell me about their problems, I always give them fake prophecies.
“If I discover that they have money, I use the opportunity to rob them by setting them up with the fake prophecies.”
On how he planned to execute his victim, he said, “As we were praying on the bridge, I went to the back of the vehicle and picked up a machete. I gave her several cuts all over her body with the intention to kill her.
“Then I pushed her from the top of the bridge into the river for her to drown. Some members of my gang, who pretend to be members of my church, who went with me then escaped with the SUV, when we sighted a police patrol team.”
The Commissioner said unfortunately for Okorie and the gang, Oleka survived the vicious attack and fall into the river as she did not drown.
“Rather she pretended to have died,” the CP said, adding that after their successful escape from the crime scene, Okorie and his gang members continued their operations for several months.
“Oleka began to recover from the attack while still in the hospital, so when she was strong enough to talk with police detectives investigating the case, she recounted what happened and gave the police the registration number of the car.
“For a while, the police kept Okorie under surveillance and then moved in to arrest him.
“With information obtained from Okorie and the other members of his gang, the police recovered the Lexus SUV as well as the arms and ammunition of the gang.
“During interrogation, he revealed his past escapades in crime, robbery, kidnapping and murder.
“The suspects will be made to face the law,” the CP added.