An Assemblies Of God pastor Chukwuma Okezuo, has been arrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command in Owerri for allegedly giving a false prophecy about Governor Rochas Okorocha during a church service.
While parading the pastor before journalists on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, accused him of prophesying that the governor was recruiting young boys in the state with the sole aim of kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes towards the 2019 governorship election in the state.
According to the police mouthpiece, the pastor made the controversial prophecy during last Sunday’s church service in the Urratta area of Owerri.
He maintained that the prophecy was malicious and capable of causing chaos in the state.
The police spokesperson said: “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.
On his part, the 40-year-old pastor, who hails from the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state, said he was innocent of the allegations from the police.
The pastor claimed he only asked the congregation to pray against untimely death and spiritual manipulations without mentioning the name of anybody including that of the governor.
But is it really right for the police to go after a pastor because he gave a prophecy to his congregation?
Isn't it seemingly an attempt at silencing the religious folks and indirectly warning them to steer clear off political affairs?