A Gambian preacher named Owen Abraham is charged with stealing 52 phones, money, and other valuables from worshipers who came to a crusade he led in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Several people who believed that God had guided Abraham to travel to the town from the Gambia allegedly attended the event, which was held in the Agbowo neighborhood of Ibadan.
The pastor enticed the alleged theft victims into three days of fasting and prayer, they claimed, only to vanish on the final day of the crusade.
The Pastor has reportedly been unable to contact up until this point.
NAN reports that the pastor informed the attendees that the Holy Spirit had instructed him to ask them to turn in their phones, cash, and other possessions on the event’s last day. Then, it was claimed that Abraham ran off with the goods.
Mrs. Grace Akintola, a widow, claimed that many widows joined the campaign because Abraham had promised to provide each of them a sack of rice, money, and scholarships.
She said: “The pastor approached an Igbo lady in our area to assist him to gather widows and students, saying he wanted to help us.”
“Someone in my area invited me for the crusade. He wore pastor regalia. He said he will buy a house for one of us and that the house will be fully furnished. He promised some people that attended the crusade money. Even politicians cannot give out such amounts he promised.”
“On the last day of the crusade, he sold a bottle of water for us at the rate of N4,800. He said perfume is inside the bottle water. Many people paid for the water.”
A University of Ibadan (UI) student who was also a victim claimed that the evangelist removed their phones “to keep it away from them and concentrate on the prayers.”” Unaware of it, it was a trick to get our belongings.