Pastor arrested for conducting deliverance prayer on the streets
A 24-year old self-acclaimed pastor, identified as Dayo Seun who reportedly moved about the streets of Lagos to solicit for people he will deliver from evil spirits has been arrested.
Trouble started for the suspect after he was arrested close to First Bank PLC branch at NNPC junction in Ejigbo where he ambushed two brothers, Kazeem Hammed and Ibrahim Kazeem and defrauded them under the false pretense of delivering them from evil spirits
Seun and others who have been declared wanted by the police usually went to the banks around the area to deceive customers who went there for transactions.
Their game plan included visiting the tanker drivers at the NNPC depot to offer prayers and false prophecies in order to obtain money from them.
Many people were surprised how Seun and his accomplices had managed to defraud victims who were said to have gone to the banks to withdraw money.
The suspect was said to have accosted the victims and prophesied to them that they will die soon because of the hand of enemies in the lives. He convinced them that they needed prayers and deliverance and asked them to bring money for the prayers to avert the calamities.
A police source said that Hammed deposited his phone while his brother Ibrahim gave Seun the N11, 000 he withdrew from the bank and he took them to a corner for the prayers and deliverance.
However, after the prayers, the victims went home and informed their neighbours of their encounter, how a pastor prayed and delivered them from the hands of death.
It was then one of their neighbours who knew Seun very well informed them that Seun was a notorious fraudster who just returned from prison for a similar offence.
It then became clear to the victims that they have been defrauded; they went to Ejigbo Police Division and reported the matter. The police trailed Seun, arrested and detained him at the police station.
Upon interrogation, he informed the police that he had no such powers to deliver any person from evil spirits.
He was charged before Ejigbo Magistrates court for conduct likely to cause breach of public peace and obtaining money under false pretence.
He pleaded not guilty.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E. Adeyemi Ajayi granted Seun bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The prosecutor, Supol Keneth Asibor did not object to his bail but identified Seun as a defendant who had a similar matter at the court.
He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition.
The matter was till 19th March 2018