Kogi State Government has sealed up a prayer house, New Jerusalem Deliverance Ministry, located in Ageva, Okene Local Government Area of the state for alleged unwholesome practices.
At the time of sealing the church, a number of people, mainly young women who claimed to be at the prayer house to seek solutions to their problems had spent months at the place, including mentally unstable persons placed under chains were moved out of the prayer house.
Pastor of the church, Adeiza Peter is being investigated by the Police for some criminal activities ranging from fraud, use of his prayer house for medical quackery, by taking deliveries and also running a psychiatric services even when it has been discovered he has no medical training.
The state government delegation comprising, the commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, his counterpart in health, Dr Zakari Usman, the State Security Adviser and Navy Commander Jerry Omodara(rtd) supervised the enforcement of Governor Yahaya Bello’s directive.
It was gathered that a number of deaths have occured at the prayer house, among whom were pregnant women and others suffering from various ailments, after charging their relatives huge sum of money.
Speaking to newsmen, the Assistant Pastor of the prayer house, Eneji Seidu, from Adogo in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State, said the Pastor was a musical artist before he received a call to be a Pastor, describing him as a true man of God who has been called to help those in need.
He admitted that people receives medical attention at the Church, but denied knowledge of deaths of sick people at the prayer house, saying God had used the Pastor to heal many with challenges.
Speaking with newsmen, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said the Governor had directed that the place be sealed up following the discovery of ungodly activities by the Pastor.
He described the activities of the Pastor as fraudulent, saying his hypnotised members would be rehabilitated and reintegrated with their families,.
He promised serious sensitisation of the public to make people to desist from patronising quacks while assessing healthcare.
On his part , Commissioner for Health, Dr Zakari Usman, said the Pastor does not have any medical training, but regrettably taking deliveries and transfusing blood, as well as keeping people with mental illness, and extorting money from them under the guise of spiritual materials.