Police have arrested Chukwuma Okezuo, a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, the Imo state capital, for prophesying against Rochas Okorocha, the state Governor.
Okezuo was said to have told his congregation that Okorocha was planning the massive abduction of children aged zero and 10 for rituals. He allegedly said this at the church on the Urratta area of the capital.
Andrew Enwerem, the police spokesperson, said the pastor prophesied that Governor Okorocha was allegedly engaging in the ritual exercises towards the 2019 governorship election in the state. He added that the “false prophecy” was capable of causing rancour and panic 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, Mr 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.
Okezuo has however denied the allegations saying he only warned his congregation to pray against untimely death and spiritual attacks. He denied mentioning anybody's name.