A pastor who allegedly abducted a teenage girl and kept her with him for several days has told the police he wanted to cast out evil spirits from her and her family.
A self-acclaimed prophet, David Ifunaya, arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly abducting a 16-year-old Muslim girl, sent the operatives into reels of laughter when he said he wanted to cast out demons from the girl and to liberate her family from evil spirits.
The 26-year-old Ifunaya who said he is a prophet with Immaculate Ministry in Satellite Town, further told the police that he had a vision to set the girl and her family free and was only obeying divine instructions.
While parading the suspect before newsmen, the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspect abducted the victim for three weeks after the teenager told him that her father is a herbalist.
“Throughout her stay in his place, neither did he nor his victim call her parents, who were searching everywhere for her. She was later traced to the suspect’s home in Satellite area of Lagos, following which her parents reported the case to police.”
While confessing, Ifunaya said:
“I met the girl earlier this year and ministered to her. I had a vision that her family was under a spell and I told her so.
I later gave her a handbill which she rejected, saying that her aunt would be angry with her for collecting a Christian handbill, since they are Muslims.
She, however, requested for my number which I gave to her. Since then, she calls me for prayers and counselling. I even prayed for her and she passed her JAMB exams.
When she called and told me she was coming to my house without the knowledge of her parents, I refused but later agreed because she kept pleading that she needed spiritual help.
She also lamented that nothing was going on well for her and her family and attributed it to the spell in her family.
She said she was convinced I am a man of God because since I prayed for her, things have been going on well with her.”
The teenage girl, on her part, said she was carried away by the accurate prophesy Ifunaya gave concerning her and her family, and that she was on her way to her uncle’s place on July 31, only to find herself at the prophet’s house where she stayed for eight days.
“While in his house, he introduced me to his pastor as his sister. I slept in his bedroom and he never made any advances on me.”