- A popular Cameroonian pastor, Frankline Ndifor, who claimed he could cure COVID-19 has died of the disease
- The cleric died less than 10 minutes after suffering severe respiratory difficulties resulting from COVID-19
- Ndifor’s church members called the medical team to come to treat him when they found out that he was in agony
Panic has gripped church members after a popular Cameroonian pastor, Frankline Ndifor, who claimed he could cure COVID-19 patients, died of the disease.
Pastor Ndifor was said to have been praying for COVID-19 patients and others with suspected symptoms of the virus at his home and his church in Douala, the Voice of America (VOA) reports.
The doctor who treated the pastor, Dr Gaelle Nnanga, disclosed that the cleric died on Saturday, May 16, less than 10 minutes after suffering severe respiratory difficulties resulting from COVID-19.
He said some members of the pastor's church called the medical team to come to treat the cleric when they found out that he was in agony.
One of the followers of the pastor, Rigobert Che said the cleric on Wednesday, May 13, prayed for him and several dozen people diagnosed with COVID-19 recently.
"This is a pastor that has been laying hands [on the sick] and claiming that he cures COVID-19," Rigobert Che said.
"If you, the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by the COVID-19? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed."
Some of the pastor supporters who refused to believe that he was dead blocked entrances to his premises and prayed for his resurrection.
The Cameroonian police had to use force to gain access to his residence. The pastor has been buried in front of his residence by workers of Cameroon’s COVID-19 response team in Douala.
Meanwhile, it appears Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's stance on coronavirus may have landed him in trouble. News reaching Legit.ng reveals that his TV station, LoveWorld, has been sanctioned by The Office of Communications (Ofcom).
The British regulator sanctioned the station for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the COVID-19 pandemic, including a conspiracy that the virus is linked to the rollout of 5G phone networks.
Ofcom stated that the programmes which aired in early April also echoed claims from US president Donald Trump that an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, was a cure for the virus. The statements in April drew mass international criticism, with trials for the drug still inconclusive.
In another report, the senior pastor of Salvation Ministries, David Ibiyeomie, has said that there is no coronavirus in Nigeria.
According to the clergyman, governors and corporations are lying with the virus so as to get money from the federal government. In a video on social media, the pastor was spotted in his Portharcourt church when he made his statement.
The man of God revealed that malaria has killed more people in Nigeria more than coronavirus.
Using the founder of AIT TV station, Raymond Dokpesi, as an example, Pastor David stated that the media entrepreneur revealed that he was given malaria tablet to treat his coronavirus infection.
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