Mr. Chukwuma Okezuo, 40, a pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Imo State, has been arrested by the Imo State Police Command, for allegedly prophesying against the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, during last Sunday service.
According to the State Police Public Relation Officer, Andrew Enwerem, the pastor gave false prophesy against the governor on Sunday in the church located at Urratta, Owerri.
The Police PRO added that the pastor said that Okorocha was kidnapping young boys from the age of 10 and below for the aim of using them for rituals ahead of the 2019 election, saying that it could cause 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.
The pastor who was paraded before journalists at the command however said that the police accused him falsely, noting that what the police said were not true.
He noted that he only asked his congregations to pray against untimely death and spiritual manipulations, but did not mention the governor’s name or anybody’s name.