- Anambra police operatives have arrested a prophet who said he would raise dead bodies on January 28
- The man before his arrest had emerged in a viral video in which he was spraying naira notes on naked men in a river
- His activities which have been generating controversy drew the ire of the Anambra state government
The Nigerian police in Anambra have arrested Mr Onyebuchi Okocha, popularly known as Prophet Onyeze Jesus, who had declared that he will raise dead bodies on January 28.
The Anambra pastor who hails from Amafor village in Nkpor was, according to Anambra Broadcasting Service, arrested on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
His arrest followed his apology for his alleged ritual practices that had since gone viral on social media. The most recent was one in which he was caught spraying the Nigerian currency on naked men in an unidentified river.
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The viral clip which had generated massive reactions from Nigerians also caught the attention of the government of the host state; the Anambra state government.
Anambra state government through a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba on Monday, January 25 had sternly warned the prophet against continuing his practices which they described as ‘criminal and indecent conduct in the name of religion’.
The government Ministry of Health in another release on Wednesday, January 27 warned private and public mortuaries and hospitals operating in the state not to fall for his gimmicks or allow him access to their facilities to carry out his plan of raising dead bodies.
The 32-year-old founder of Children of Light Anointing Ministries in Nkpor, Idemili was, before his becoming a prophet, a bus conductor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported how HURIWA called for the arrest of controversial Nigerian cleric Chukwuemeka Odumeje over his abuse of the Nigerian currency.
The report further stated that that the association’s national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the director of media affairs, Zainab Yussuf, in the statement noted that the call to the minister of finance, CBN governor and the president was to implore them to defend the national currency against global defacing.