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How we fake miracles, prophecies – Nabbed Pastor

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Thirty-two-year-old Jerry Akpan, who claimed to be a pastor and allegedly used false prophecies to deceive and defraud his victims in Port Harcourt has suddenly come to the end of his inglorious ‘ministry’.

For years, he had been duping people in different churches he was invited to preach, but he met his waterloo when he deceitfully took possession of a victim’s car and quickly sold it to a syndicate of fake pastors.

Sunday Sun learnt that hundreds of complaints had been received by the police in Rivers State from different churches regarding the activities of some ‘pastors’ who gave false prophecies with the sole intent to dupe people.  Some of the fake prophets even had sex with female victims on the pretext that doing so would make their businesses blossom.

As complaints about fake pastors and prophets continued to flood Rivers State Police Command headquarters, the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad began discreet investigations and in the process arrested ‘Prophet’ Jerry Akpan, who incidentally had duped Ambassador Bobby Tochukwu.

Akpan deceitfully dispossessed Tochukwu of his Everest Ford SUV, which he sold to other fake pastors, who are members of a syndicate of fake pastors.  In course of interrogation, it was discovered that he had similarly duped several other people through false prophecies.

On how he became a ‘minister’ of the gospel, Akpan said “I was called as a prophet when I was in my mother’s womb.  I started preaching at Uyo Park in Ikot Ekpene, Cross River State.  Then one day I boarded a bus and came to Port Harcourt where I continued to preach, moving from house to house.  God has not told me to set up a church.  Rather I am invited to churches to preach.  Whenever I was invited for crusades, I would be given some money after preaching”.

Pastor Akpan who hails from Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State further explained: “I was introduced to using Holy Bible to rob people in the church through giving false prophecies.  I went for a programme that lasted two days, I ministered on the first day as the guest speaker while the pastor of the church spoke on the second day.  He asked if I didn’t see any prophecy.  I told him yes and he said I will pay for the prophecy

“I paid N70,000 and was told to observe three days fasting and prayer with assurance that I would see the prophecy.  But at the end I didn’t see any prophecy.  I went back to meet the pastor in his office and he revealed to me that they organized some people who were members of their syndicate and who were used during the church service as prophets.

“The would send text messages to their phones and deceive the entire congregation as if the prophecy was real but congregation would not know it was fake.  He said they used the Holy Bible to rob them.  That was how I joined the syndicate”.

Akpan made more revelations: “On a certain day in November 2013 I preached in the church of one ‘Prophet’ Victor Ibe.  After I finished the preaching, Ambassador Bobby Tochukwu approached me that I should follow him to his village in Imo State.  When we got to the village, I held a deliverance session.  I deceived him on our way back that there was blood in his Everest Ford SUV.  He gave me the car to do deliverance prayer over it.  I told him that it would require three hours prayer.  I took the vehicle and sold it to our syndicate members who are pastors in the sum of N550,000.

“It was when he didn’t see the car that the case was reported to SARS and I was arrested”.

Continuing Akpan said: “I was invited to preach in a church called Hand of Mercy, I invited two members of my syndicate to the crusade.  I started to deceive the congregation by sending text of a false prophecy to the syndicate and one of them came out to give a testimony to the entire congregation.  After the crusade I paid each of them N6000.  if other pastors invite me to their crusade right from the church, I would send a texts to the pastor while preaching about the person who came with us.

“While the pastor is preaching, we would quickly call that person and then go on to dupe him.  They would pay me N20,000 or N25,000 depending on how much money they make at the crusade”.

Akpan confessed that there are thousands of fake pastors in Port Harcourt who use fake prophecies to dupe church members and promised to help the police unmask them.

He warned the public to be wary of ‘pastors’ who prophesy to them and also want to take their property.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner said the SUV had been recovered and assured that the alleged false prophet would appear in court soon.

 

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  1. Chileziem

    March 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Religion without reason!

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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USAID averts 25,000 unwanted pregnancies in Ebonyi, Kogi

…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

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L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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