Government Seals Fake Church, Frees Scores Of Captives

Kogi State Government has sealed up a prayer house, New Jerusalem Deliverance Ministry, located in Ageva, Okene Local Government Area of the state for allegedly engaging in unwholesome practices.

A number of people, mainly young women who claimed they came for prayer and had spent months at the place, including others mentally unstable placed under chains were moved out of the prayer house at the time it was sealed this afternoon.

Pastor of the church, Adeiza Peter is being investigated by the Police for some criminal activities ranging from fraud, use of his prayer house for medical quackery, by taking deliveries and also running a psychiatric services even when it has been discovered he has no medical training.

The state government delegation comprising, the commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, his counterpart in health, Dr Zakari Usman, the State Security Adviser and Navy Commander Jerry Omodara(rtd) supervised the enforcement of the Governor’s directive.

It was gathered that a number of deaths have been recorded at the prayer house, including pregnant women and others suffering from various ailments, after charging their relatives huge sum of money.

His supposed assistant, Eneji Seidu, from Adogo, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State, said the Pastor who was a musical artist before he received a call to be a Pastor has been his close friend, noting that he is a true man of God who have been called to help those in need.

Speaking with newsmen, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Fanwo, said the Governor had directed the place be sealed up following the discovery of ungodly activities by the Pastor.

He described the acts of the Pastor as fraudulent, saying his hypnotised members would be rehabilitated and reintegrated with their families, noting that there would be serious sensitisation for people to desist from patronising quacks while assessing healthcare.

On his part, Dr Zakari noted that the suspect does not have any medical training, but regrettably he takes deliveries, transfuses blood and keeps psychiatric patients. He said medical quackery will not be tolerated in the state.

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