General Overseer of Happy Family Ministry Lagos, Prophet Ernest, allegedly made an apparition in a dream to instruct a former church member, Mrs. Rosemary Chukwu, to kidnap a child.
A witness Mr. John Okoroafor, narrated how Mrs. Chukwu made the revelation while giving statements to the police at the Panti Police Station before Justice Josephine Oyefeso.
Chukwu allegedly kidnapped the six year old boy (name withheld) on June 25, 2014 from the premises of the Holy Family Ministry in Ikorodu, Lagos.
Chukwu, a housewife, residing at No. 33 Omologede Street, Majidun, Ikorodu, is standing trial on a charge of kidnapping contrary to Section 257 of Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
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Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Ms Abike Oluwasanmi, Okoroafor told the court that Chukwu said she was instructed by the prophet to kidnap the boy.
“The police questioned her and she told us Prophet Ernest asked her to kidnap a child. She said that Prophet Ernest used to appear in her dreams to give her the instructions to kidnap the child.
“At that point, all the policemen looked at themselves, they asked her to go and they also asked me to go,” Okoroafor said.
Okoroafor told the court that on July 25, 2014 while heading to the church, he was warned by a member of the church about an irate mob attacking the church.
He said the mob allegedly attacked the church after Chukwu was caught with the kidnapped child and allegedly confessed that the crime was committed with the pastor’s instructions.
“A lot of people came into the Ministry and they started beating people, burning things and beating the General Overseer,” he said.
Okoroafor said he asked where Prophet Ernest was, he was told he was in Ikorodu Police Station to make a statement.
“I went there with some of our members and when we got there, Prophet Ernest was taken to a clinic for treatment.
“Some members of the Ministry and I went to Prophet Ernest’s house at Ikorodu to pray about the matter and while there, I was called to Panti, Yaba to give a statement,” he said.
Okoroafor added that he was briefly acquainted with Chukwu in 2012 when she used to attend the church.
He said Mrs. Chukwu told him that she had opened her Ministry and that I should come and pray with her.
He said he went to see her and prayed with her and her two children after which he left her.
The witness said that was the last time he saw her.
Justice Oyefeso has adjourned the matter till June 1 for continuation of trial.