UK Writers Call For Ban Of Nigerian Evangelist And 'Witch Hunter' In The Country

UK Writers Call For Ban Of Nigerian Evangelist And 'Witch Hunter' In The Country

Evangelist Helen Ukpabio, founder of Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries is presently in London for a crusade, and apparently some of the citizens are not happy with her visit because of her negative believe about children.

Helen Ukpabio

According to a foreign daily, the Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to step in to prevent Helen who was described as a Nigerian “witch hunter” from returning to the UK after she flew in to preach to congregations in London.

She is is said to have made about three appearances, including one at a private home and about a dozen people attended each event which offered help to those “under attack” from witchcraft, ancestral or “mermaid” spirits.

Helen had once confessed to have been betrothed to Satan as a teenager before being rescued from a cult at the age of 17 after meeting with Christ thus she now specializes in liberating captives, and praying for children that are possessed or bewitched and these UK citizens don't want that.

They claim that while she was preaching, she told parents that “If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health, he or she is a servant of Satan,” adding that the 'deliverance sessions' are little more than crude exorcisms.

Campaigners say such beliefs, prevalent in some parts of the developing world, can put children’s safety at risk so they wrote to Ms May to urge that the pastor be banned from the UK after the current tour.

In the letter, the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN), the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) cite the cases of Victoria Climbié and Kristy Bamu as examples where witchcraft beliefs played a role in the  horrific torture and murder of children.

Many of them are calling for her deportation.

Bob Churchill, of the IHEU, said, "It is important that the UK authorities send a message to the world that branding children, or anyone, as a witch is beyond the pale."


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