One Evangelist Wale Fagbere was rendered unconscious and speechless after invading a community shrine at Ketu – Ayetoro in Yewa North local government area of Ogun state, in a bid to pull it down.
Vanguard reports that the pastor whose church could not be ascertained as at the time of this report, had told his members that got ordered him to destroy all the shrines in Ketu community. But the ‘spiritual exercise’ became awry when he got stuck and unconscious right in the shrine. This got the attention of the residents and the priests in charge of the shrine insisted that until they performed some ritual on him, he could not be let off the hook.
It however took the intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun, for the case to be settled. The pastor was later treated by the priests before he regained consciousness.
Ogun state police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the pastor might be charged for sacrilege and malicious damage. He said:
“The police got the report in Ayetoro that one Evangelist Wale Fagbere went to Ketu to destroy a shrine. After the destruction, the man became unconscious. When policemen visited the place, the traditionalists claimed that the subject could not be taken away until some spiritual exercise had been performed.
”The Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba AbdulAzeez Adelakun, waded into the matter which led to the release of the man. The victim has been revived and has been handed over to his family for more spiritual cleansing”.
When asked who the police would charge, the traditionalists or the victim, the PPRO said the latter would be charged for sacrilege and malicious damage after he gets well. He said the police next step would be determined by the traditionalists lodging of a complaint against the pastor.
“Everybody has right to worship anything he so desires”, Oyeyemi said.