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Pastor arrested for staging deliverance prayer on street

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By Felix Kuyinu

Dayo Seun, a 24-year old self acclaimed pastor, has been arrested following his report of conducting a deliverance prayer session on the street at NNPC Junction, Ejigbo, an act which was seen to be of a breach of public peace alongside obtaining money under false pretence.

Seun was said to have moved about the streets, telling people that he would deliver them from evil spirits.

However, trouble started after he was arrested having laid ambush on two siblings identified as Hammed and Ibrahim Kazeem and defrauded them under the false pretense of delivering them from evil spirits.

Seun and other accomplices who have been declared wanted by the police were said to have usually gone to banks around the area to deceive customers who went there for transactions.

Their game plan included visiting the tanker drivers at the NNPC depot to offer prayers and false prophecies in order to obtain money from them which resulted to lots of people being surprised with regards to how Seun and his gang had managed to defraud victims who were said to have gone to the banks to withdraw money.

The suspect was said to have accosted the victims and prophesied to them that they will die soon because of the hand of enemies in the lives.

He convinced them that they needed prayers and deliverance and asked them to bring money for the prayers to avert the calamities.

A police source said that Hammed deposited his phone while his brother Ibrahim gave Seun N11, 000 he withdrew from the bank while he took them to a corner for the prayers and deliverance.

However, after the prayers, they both went home and informed their neighbours of their encounter, how a pastor prayed and delivered them from the hands of death.

It was then one of their neighbours who knew Seun very well informed them that Seun was a notorious fraudster who just returned from prison for a similar offence. The utterances from the neighbours made it clear to the duo that they just got duped.

They they went to Ejigbo Police Division and reporten the matter. The police trailed Seun, arrested and detained him at the police station.

Upon interrogation, Seun informed the police that he had no such powers to deliver any person from evil spirits and his activities was just a away of getting money so as to keep body and soul together.

He was charged before Ejigbo Magistrates court for conduct likely to cause breach of public peace and obtaining money under false pretence.

He pleaded not guilty.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Adeyemi Ajayi granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like and was remanded in prison pending his perfection of his bail condition.

The matter was adjourned till 19 of March 2018.

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