The Ondo State Police Command has apprehended and paraded a 48 year-old man, Prophet Godwin Ayenuberun, for faking the kidnap of two of his church members and allegedly received one hundred and fifty thousand naira for spiritual protection.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, disclosed this in Akure while parading the suspected prophet and his acolyte, Ibukun Adetigha, alongside other suspects for various offences.
The police Commissioner recounted that a victim, Segun Omosaye from Okitipupa was previously kidnapped by unknown gunmen on November 30, last year but regained his freedom a month after.
According to Mr Adeyanju, the Prophet, who is also the Founder of Gethsemane Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Igbokoda in Ilaje local government area of the state had claimed that he saw a vision that the victim would be abducted before the incident but intelligence report said the clergyman allegedly masterminded the crime against his church members.
Adeyanju recounted that the victim, Segun Omosaye from Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa LGA of the state, was previously kidnapped by unknown gunmen on November 30, 2017 but regained his freedom a month after.
He said Omosaye received a text message on September 26, 2018 from his abductors, who admitted the previous abduction, informing him that they would come back to kidnap him again and kill him.
According to him, the Prophet, who is also the Founder of Gethsemane Cherubim Church in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje LGA, had claimed he saw a vision that the victim would be abducted before the incident.
“On receipt of his complaint, detectives swung into action and through intelligence gathering, arrested one Ibukun Adetigha and Prophet Godwin Ayenugha, a founder of a church in Igbokoda.
“The Techno handset that was used in sending text messages was recovered from them. Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have sent the text messages but denied their involvement in the abduction of the victim,” he said.
The police boss, who assured that all the suspects would be charged to court soon, added that the prophet was the spiritual father of the victims but denied any involvement in the abduction.