Army arrests fake miracle workers, soldiers in Rivers
THE Nigerian Army has arrested the founder and senior pastor of Revelation Power Ministry, Port Harcourt (names withheld) along with two others for allegedly faking miracles and healing to defraud the public.
Similarly, two male suspects were paraded at the 2 Brigade Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital for alleged impersonation as majors.
The Brigade’s Public Relations Officer, Capt. Eli Lazarus, while parading the suspects in Port Harcourt, said Fabian Enudi, 39 from Delta State and Samuel Agaga, 38, an indigene of Bayelsa State; were arrested separately fully kitted in uniforms carrying ranks of a major.
On the clergy, the army spokesman said he was apprehended following a tip-off from a member of the church who complained of ongoing immoral and fraudulent activities at the church.
“The self-acclaimed pastor and his collaborators (names withheld) were subsequently arrested and they confessed to duping unsuspecting members of the public of various sums of money.
“The suspects also confessed of stage-managing miracles and healing to attract members to their church located along Aluu community close to Port Harcourt,” Lazarus said.
He added that the suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible arraignment in court.
The army image-maker urged the public to be wary of fake pastors, urging them to always provide timely information to security agencies with a view to arresting such unscrupulous groups and individuals.
The cleric later told newsmen that he paid his collaborators undisclosed sums of money to give false testimonies.
According to him: “I told my accomplices to tell my congregation that after performing miracles, they were healed from a terminal illness.
“This was done to enable me draw more members to the church and to retain my old members numbering over hundred.
“So, after praying for them during church service, they lifted up their hands and professed to my church members of their healing.
“I am very sorry for my actions which have offended God and man. And if forgiven, I will live a life that will be pleasing to Heaven,” he pleaded.
Giving detail of Enudi’s arrest, Lazarus said: “One of the suspects, Fabian Enudi, dressed in army uniform presented himself as an army major to our troops on security checkpoint at Mbiama area in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“Enudi, realising he could not defend himself while being interrogated by our personnel at the checkpoint, speedily drove past the checkpoint in an attempt to escape arrest.
“Our troops immediately mobilised and gave him a hot pursuit spanning several kilometres until he was forcefully stopped and apprehended.
“During the pursuit, our troops fired warning shots to demobilise his car but unfortunately the suspect sustained gunshot wounds on his leg,” the army spokesman added.
Lazarus said the suspect confessed to being a major supplier and transporter of cannabis and other banned substances for an unknown drug cartel, adding that he is currently receiving medical treatment at the Military Hospital in Port Harcourt.
On Agaga, he said the suspect, fully dressed as a major, boldly came to the army barracks requesting that soldiers accompany him to settle a land dispute.
“Apparently, the suspect thinking that as a senior officer, he could deceive our personnel, was subsequently arrested when he could not provide his identification card or defend himself.
“Preliminary Investigation revealed that the two suspects have been impersonating our military officers using our uniforms while having dealings with unsuspecting members of the public.
“The suspects have defrauded a lot of people but unfortunately they met their waterloo when our troops intercepted them in the course of their nefarious activities,” he stated.