The founder of Christ High Commission Church, Araromi-Ugbesi, in Omuo-Oke, Ekiti State, Pastor Noah Abraham, has been allegedly accused of snatching and impregnating the wife of his choirmaster.
The pastor who has been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command was also accused of kidnapping over nine persons including minors.
He was arrested by the police in collaboration with the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Recall that the cleric was arrested on April 27, 2022, in Omuo-Ekiti, after he converged over 40 persons in a camp and collected the sum of N310,000 from each of them as a ticket fee to heaven, but was granted bail by a Magistrate Court.
However, on Thursday, November 17, 2023, he was again arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command in collaboration with NAPTIP, for the alleged kidnapping of over nine persons including minors and impregnating his choir coordinator’s wife.
The choir coordinator of the church identified as Dare Ikuenayo, while accusing the cleric of snatching and impregnating the mother of his three children, said he told him that she had the gift of prophecy and she should allow her to stay with him.
Ikuenayo said: “I joined the church in Kabba, Kogi State, but one day, the pastor called me and notified me that my wife had a gift of prophecy that I should allow her to stay with him for a month and work for God which I obliged.
“Suddenly, I noticed that my wife was not even willing to see or talk to me. While I was trying to raise my eyebrows, the pastor announced in the church that he had taken my wife and no one could take her from him. I tried my best to no avail until he impregnated her and moved her into his house fully.”
Another old woman, who is the elder sister to Pastor Abraham, alleged that he took almost a million naira from her on different occasions on the account that he wanted to cleanse her of evil spirits
A 27-year-old man, who was already working in an unnamed company where he was given an official vehicle, was asked to resign and kept in the camp without a specific mission.
One of the pastors in the church, who had a similar ordeal but spoke on condition of anonymity to Vanguard, said: “The message then was purity. When I heard that message, that gave me the courage to say that I had found a place, not until things started going wrong.
“He told me that my wife, whom we have been married for over 30 years, has 21 evil spirits and I had to send her away.
“At the initial stage, I asked her to go. Later, I was asked to bring her back and made a lot of sacrifices which involved lots of money.
“He said she had a curse which will require me to remove with money. My three children were with him. My firstborn, a graduate of Ambrose Alli University, studied Human Physiology and was already working. He was asked to resign because an edifice was coming down from heaven.
“His son was also withdrawn from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, along with other children. My daughter, who was an undergraduate student at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, was asked to come down with my people in Kaduna. About 18 of us came down, celebrating that there was a programme coming on.
Speaking on the allegations, Pastor Abraham said the arrest by the police was meaningless, noting that he has fulfilled his mission on earth, which was to open a new phase of converts to his sender.
His words: “I rejoice because, for 42 years, I was trained for the work of 14 weeks. Until the first day of the assignment was concluded, nobody could pull down this church. When I started the second phase of my job on earth, they brought me here that I was to collect three things from people to stop the second phase. It gives me joy and my father is happy in heaven.
“I have spoken a lot and after I depart from this planet, there will be a sign all over the earth. This is what I want everybody to listen to. My mission, that has been completed, is to open up a new phase, which is the last one on this planet. I’m happy because it has been fulfilled.”
When contacted, the spokesman for the Ekiti State Police Command, DSP Sunday Abutu said the investigation was ongoing in collaboration with NAPTIP, adding that the police would move to the next line of action.
The specific line of action has yet to be disclosed as at the time of filing this report.