A pastor who connived with some members to stage fake miracles and healing has been arrested.
A man who claimed to be a pastor and founder of a church, Revelation Power Ministry, has been arrested by the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, alongside two members of his church for faking miracles and healing to deceive members of his church and the public.
While parading the pastor and his gang before newsmen, Army Public Relations Officer, 2nd Brigade, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, said the suspects have been carrying out the fake miracles and in the process, duping many innocent members and others of several millions of naira.
“We got a tip-off from a member of the church who complained of immoral and fraudulent activities going on there.
The self-acclaimed pastor and his collaborators were subsequently arrested, and they confessed to duping unsuspecting members of the public of various sums of money.
The suspects also confessed to stage-managing miracles and healing to attract members to their church located at Aluu community near Port Harcourt,” Captain Lazarus said.
He added that the suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigations and possible arraignment in court, urging members of the public to beware of such fake men of God who dupe them in the name of performing miracles.
In his confession, the pastor confessed to paying his collaborators various sums of money to give false testimonies whenever they had a programme in the church.
“I told my accomplices to tell my church congregation that after performing miracles they were healed from a terminal illness.
This was done to enable me draw more members to the church and retain the old ones, numbering over 100.
So, after praying for them during church service, they would lift up their hands and testify about their healing.
I am very sorry for my actions which have offended God and man; and if forgiven, I will live a life that will be pleasing to Heaven,” the suspect said.