The much celebrated murder case against Pastor Sign Fireman, (Pastor Ofuche Ukoha), the General Overseer of Perfect Christianity Mission, is taking a new twist as the mother of Ikechukwu Friday, the 18-year old suspect who allegedly killed a 12-year old virgin girl and told the police that the man of God sent him, has said her son is possessed and lied against the pastor.
The mother, who is a member of Sign Fireman’s Badagry branch of the church, said Ikechukwu has a spiritual problem which was afflicted on him by a neighbor who placed a curse on him, vowing to make him useless.
She said though the family attends the church, Ikechukwu has never met their pastor and therefore could not be saying the truth in the issue. She spoke to newsmen and absolved the pastor of blame in the murder case.
Hear what she said: “He, (Ikechukwu), has never met our GO, Pastor Sign Fireman. He lied against him. He started two years ago to molest girls in attempt to rape them. It is not an ordinary thing.
“You know some people are very good in hurting other people’s children. He has been staying with me from birth and just two years ago when he was 16 years old, a man who lives close to us laid a curse on him.
“What happened was that we have a well in our compound and Ikechukwu and one of the man’s daughters were at the well fetching water and they had a quarrel. Ikechukwu beat up the girl and when the man returned, he brought out a belt to whip Ike and I prevented him.
“He started boasting that he was going to make Ike useless and miserable. I thought he was joking but after that, Ikechukwu started behaving funny.
“Whenever he goes out during the day and sees a little girl, he would grip and attempt to rape her and the girl would scream, alerting people around who would arrest and beat him up before handing him over to the police at Badagry Police Station.
“He has been arrested four times for attempted rape and I am the one who normally go to bail him. On lucky days, he would escape and flee the area.
“In April last year, he made me lose over N25, 000 I paid as his WAEC exam fee. On the day he was supposed to start the exam, he left home with his school uniform and didn’t return until after two weeks.
“When he came back, he told me that the demon came over him on his way to school and he gripped a girl and when the girl screamed, he managed to escape, so he decided to run away from home.
“I and the father went to beg the people whose child he molested and I decided to follow him to school throughout his NECO examinations.
“The last one before this occurred on December 10, 2013 at Imeke. He was arrested and charged to court and remanded in Badagry Prison. I got a lawyer who stood for him before he was granted bail.
“While these things were happening, I told our branch pastor at Badagry about it but I didn’t tell our GO.
“On this particular case, he told me that he was going to work at a place where a building was demolished by government opposite the French Village in Badagry. They are actually constructing a factory at that place and he used to help them carry bags of cement for which they paid him some stipends at the end of the day.
“He failed to return home that day and I and his father went out to look for him at his place of work and people around told us that they didn’t see him. The next day, we didn’t see him, so by Wednesday, we decided to go to the police station at Badagry.
“A police woman we met told us that we should go to the SCID to look for him. I asked her what his offence was but she refused to tell me, rather, she said when I got to the SCID, that I would know what my son’s offence was.
“The next day, I and my husband went to the SCID and when I saw my son, he told me that there was a woman who sells food close to where he used to work and the woman had a daughter.
“He said on that day, he was eating at the woman’s shop when he saw the girl passing and all of a sudden, something came over him and he stood up and followed the girl and gripped her so tight and the girl screamed and died after which he regained consciousness.
“He attempted to run but someone at a building close by who saw all what happened apprehended him. He used to tell me that he was not misbehaving consciously but that something used to come over him and I have told our branch pastor about it and he prayed for him.”
So who do we believe here?