February 9, 2023

End of road for woman used by ‘pastors’ to perform fake miracles

• How IGP Intelligence Team Arrested HerA 44-year-old woman, Mrs. Bose Olasukanmi who was used by several ‘fraudulent’ pastors to perform fake miracle has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Lagos after months of trail on her by the undercover operatives.

According to a source close to IRT, the suspect Olasukanmi used to relocate to another church after being paid for every successful performance so that their trick would not be exposed by people or relations who may see her in the drama.

Her relatives would not be able to reach her to find out whether she is the Olasukanmi they know or somebody who resembles her.Her first performance was at a Lagos Church followed by a church in Port Harcourt and the church in Abakaliki before the cat was let out of the bag.

When the bubble burst, the suspect Olasukanmi went into hiding while the fraudulent pastors quickly made a video of how and when they were performing the fake miracle, which looked real to the unsuspecting congregation as they watch her being healed by the pastors.

“Once she enters the stage, she would pretend that the broken right arm had been hanging and all medical efforts to heal her in both orthodox and native hospitals proved abortive until one of her friends, who is a member of the church advised her to try the church.

“At this point, one of the ministering pastor or the general overseer would step forward and demonstrate as if the Holy Spirit had entered him.

After speaking in tongues for some minutes, he would order the woman to come very close to him while the congregation would be silent anxiously waiting to see the broken right arm that have been hanging.

“The pastor would ask the woman: Do you want to be healed? Have you been born again? If she answers in the negative, he then led her to Christ in prayer. He would then order the evil spirit that bent her arm to depart and be destroyed by fire. As he is ordering the evil spirit to depart, the hanging broken right arm will be coming back gradually to its form until it is completely stretched down and normal and he would ask the congregation to praise the lord. While the congregation is busy praising God, one of the church members whose role is to take the woman away, would appear and whisk her away.

“This drama would make the congregation to increase in the next service as the people who witnessed the fake miracle would spread the news when they get home”, the police source said.

The increase in the congregation, the source further revealed, would increase the revenue they would make from church offering including the seed sowing the desperate victims would make to get their own miracle. The amount often demanded as seed offering ranged from N20, 000 to N50, 000 or more. Some would even donate their best cars without knowing that the miracle is a scam.

Worried by the failure of the various law enforcement agents, information regarding the nefarious activities of the pastors was given to the commander of the Inspector General of police Intelligence Response Team, a Deputy Commissioner of police, DCP. Abba Kyari who directed the Southwest coordinator, a Chief Superintendent of Police to fish out the woman to be able to intercept the fraudulent pastors, church workers and others who played roles in the scam.

When operatives of the team swung into action, the woman Mrs. Olasukanmi was arrested and brought to Lagos and she confessed to the crime and promised police that she would lead them to the pastors and all the people who played different roles in the scam to regain her freedom.

Speaking with newsmen, Olasukanmi said, “I am from Ilesha, Osun State. I am married. I had three children. Unfortunately, two died few hours after delivery. My husband loved me so much that he did not want me to do anything. He wanted me to be a housewife and he had been honouring my request and he treated me like a queen.

“Unfortunately, when he died, my life changed and I started suffering as everybody abandoned me. Though I had my primary school certificate, the only work available at the time was to go and serve a food seller at least, to be sure of daily bread. When the suffering became unbearable, I decided to relocate to Lagos for a greener pasture in 1989.
Unfortunately, in 1990, I lost my mother and I went back home to give my caring mother the last respect.

“After the burial of my mother I came back to Lagos and secured a job in a food restaurant in Surulere area of Lagos without salary as Food Assistant. However the owner of the food center allows me to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner as I liked. Even customers sometimes gave me tip, which I used to buy soap to wash my clothes, body cream and personal need. I did not save a dime but it helped me a lot.

Culled from Gaurdian

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