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By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin City
Like people always say, “wonders shall never end”. Benin City residents were shocked on Tuesday when a pregnant woman, currently at large, was delivered of a creature that resembled a horse during a prayer session at the World Libration Ministry, Benin City.
The drama was said to have started when the General Overseer of the church, Evangelist Silva Iyamu, commenced the prayer session, called, ‘Miracle hour’. Sunday Vanguard found that people from neighouring states throng the church in search of miracles, as a result of which there were hundreds of people during the programme. The pastor reportedly prophesied that they had a pregnant woman in the hall but that what was in her belly was not the baby she craved.
According to the personal assistant to the pastor, Prince John Ogbovoh, who claimed to have witnessed the prayer session and the subsequent delivery of the woman, “It was a miraculous thing. She was not the only one that was delivered in the church. The pastor did it for a lot of people but this one was spectacular.
The woman, we were told, had been in her matrimonial home for 11 years without a baby and the pastor said there was ‘a woman here for 11 years, no child,’ that the person always got pregnant but whenever she went for test, it will show and at another time it will not show again”.
Ogbovoh continued: “So the woman came out and the pastor said ‘let us put you in an all night on Friday, but the woman pleaded with the congregation to go on with the prayers since she may not be able to wait. So the pastor now agreed. The pastor called her and asked the men to give little space and the pastor insisted that something inside the woman was not a human being, he said it was a funny creature.
When the creature came out, it did not look like a human being but it looked like an animal”. Asked about the whereabouts of the woman and her name, the pastor’s aide explained:”We don’t even know her or whether she came with any member of her family. Nobody knows where she came from. We don’t always take records of people who came from outside Benin City but we know our members. We were expecting the woman to come back here today (Wednesday). People always come here to receive miracles and after that many of them come back to thank God for delivering them”.
He narrated further: “When it happened, they asked her to go and wash up, the lady pastor assisted her. I remember she fell down and was unconscious and, sometimes, the pastor will ask members to leave the hall to allow for ventilation. So after she delivered the creature, there was pandemonium in the church. We did not even know when the woman left. In fact, the pastor was asking me where the woman was?, so we searched for her but we could not find her. I am sure the woman was ashamed, but God has done a miracle in her life and she is not supposed to be ashamed.
However, I believe she will come back because God has removed the burden that has stopped her from getting pregnant for years. The dead creature was left for a while for people to see. This morning, the people now ordered that they should throw the creature away because it is now becoming an embarassment for us in the church”. The nurse who delivered the woman of the creature, Mrs Veronica Igiebor, corroborated the PA’s story.
“I was there; it’s not a story, yesterday, it seemed like a miracle”, she said. “The pastor poured anointing oil and a sachet of water on the woman and asked everybody to pray, he said, labour is going to start now. So the woman was swinging her body and finally she held somebody’s leg. She pressed and she pushed harder and something dropped and she fell. Behold my brother, I have never seen that kind of thing in my life before. People were calling it goat. But it looked like a horse. The object had a long neck, the ears were long. It was exactly like a horse, although it was in a baby form.
But the pastor said nobody should touch it because it was demonic. Everybody ran away; I don’t know when the woman vanished.The story I heard about that woman is that the husband’s mother wanted him to marry another woman. It was said that this particular woman now trained the husband in the university. It was said the lady sold vegetable to get money to train the man. But when the man wanted to get married to her, the mother disagreed, rather brought another woman for him to marry. But the woman as expected refused to leave because she has laboured and obviously some body may have said okay since she refused to leave the man she will suffer. I guess that was why she has not been able to have any baby since.”
Gen. Overseer of the church, Evang.Iyamu, speaking on the incident, stated: “When we were praying, a word of knowledge came that somebody had an issue with pregnancy.
Sometimes, when she goes to ultra-sound, the pregnancy is either confirmed or not there.
While the deliverance was on, we noticed that the woman was bleeding. We asked her to stand out, barely few minutes we heard people screaming. We thought it was a child, but I remember that when we were praying, I said what ever is hindering her from getting a baby should leave. Something of that nature, I’m not a medical doctor. So, I don’t know the appropriate word to use. So, when it came out, everybody was like weeping. It’s something we haven’t seen for a very long time. So, she was still bleeding and she collapsed. So we had to order everybody outside for ventilation to come in before she was revived and the women around cleaned her up”. Asked if the woman is a member of the church, he said: “The woman only came to my office asking for prayers, because she is not a Benin person”.