…We didn’t pay N500,000 fine for sacrifice—CAN
By Daud Olatunji
Pasto: ABEOKUTA—The pastor who allegedly got stuck in a shrine in Ketu community, Ayetoro, in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Prince Wale Fagbire, has denied being struck by idols while destroying their shrines. Pastor Fagbire, who presides over Christ Apostolic Church, Ona-Iye, Ayetoro, said he was instructed not to utter a word after he destroyed the shrines.
The embattled pastor spoke at a briefing organised by Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ogun State chapter, yesterday, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Pastor Fagbire had told his congregation that he had been directed by God to destroy all the shrines in Ketu community.
However, while carrying out the mission, he allegedly got stuck, looking like a statue. This prompted the people in the area to raise alarm. Reacting to the report, the state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, described the reports as exaggerated, adding that the body intended to change the misconception about the incident.
While sharing his ordeal with newsmen, the embattled pastor, who said he comes from a ruling house, said he waited deliberately for the idol worshippers to see him.
‘I obeyed God’s instruction’
He said: “It was from God and direction by the Holy Spirit for the deliverance of Ayetoro from darkness. God told me that I should go to the shrine and bring out those things for the liberation of Ayetoro.
“He told me to do three things in the shrine: evacuate the idols, step aside and watch the film and not say anything, when people come out to see me. I got there around 5a.m., and did as God asked me to. “It was not their gods that held me, it was the idol worshippers that struck me with their charms.
“When I was taken to the palace, I told them that all my actions were directed by God and not anybody or the church. Although they tried many charms on me, none was effective. I am healthy.”
Regional Coordinator of Yewa/Awori for Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Apostle Lola Dada, explained that the idol worshippers asked the pastor’s family to bring N300,000, while CAN was asked to pay N200,000 to appease the gods.
Dada, who spoke for CAN Chairman, said: “He was handed over to the police and the police charged the case to court. The idol worshippers withdrew the case from the court, saying they cannot take the son of their late oba to court and the case was withdrawn the same day.
“The idol worshippers went to Jesus Triumphant Army Church at Ayetoro, which is headed by Pastor Wale Olojede. The church, which had hosted Prince Fagbire, is close to the shrine.
“The worshippers said it was the church that encouraged him to do what he did. So, the idol worshippers’ transferred their aggression to the church. They went there and barricaded the church with sacrifice and palm fronds, but the Christian youths removed them.
“They demanded for things they want to use for sacrifice and asked the pastor’s family to pay N300,000, while CAN should bring N200,000, making it N500,000, for the sacrifice to appease their gods. But no money was given to them and peace has returned to the town.”