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Pastor Goes Numb While Destroying Traditional Shrine, Says Holy Spirit Ordered Him

A pastor, who claimed to have received divine directive to destroy all the traditional worshippers’ shrines in Ketu community in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, has landed himself in trouble. Evangelist Wale Fagbere‎, who ministered at a local church in the community, was ensnared and stuck mysteriously as he attempted to destroy one of the shrines.

Sunday Telegraph learnt that the cleric became motionless and speechless in the shrine as he started to carry out his “divine assignment.” Sources said Fagbere had reportedly told his congregation that he was directed by God to destroy the shrines but his effort boomeranged. He got stuck in the shrine, looking like a statue, and this prompted people around the area to raise the alarm.

Our correspondent gathered that the priests in charge of the shrine said the pastor could only be left off the hook after they had performed some rituals. The intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun, saved the cleric as the monarch appealed to the priests to cleanse him of any diabolical enchantment. Fagbere regained consciousness moments after the priests performed their rituals, sources said. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident Saturday.

Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, however, said the pastor might be charged to court for sacrilege and malicious damage. The police in Ogun said on Sunday that the incident was reported to them. “The command got the report at her division in Ayetoro that one Evangelist Wale Fagbere went to Ketu to destroy traditional worshippers ‘ shrines,” police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said. “After the destruction, the man became unconscious, motionless and could not talk.”  Mr. Oyeyemi said the victim has been revived and “has been handed over to his family for more spiritual cleansing.” He said the victim could still be charged for malicious damage if the traditional priests file a formal report. “Everybody has right to worship anything he so desires,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

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