The Pastor of the Ona-Iya branch of Christ Apostolic Church, Wale Fagbere, who was allegedly struck in a shrine in Ogun State, while trying to destroy it has denied the report. It was alleged that when people in the area found him motionless, they raised alarm, the priests of the shrine reluctantly revived him after the traditional ruler, Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba Abdulazeez Adelakun, pleaded with them.
The pastor, who is said to be the son of the late chief of the community, made the denial at a press conference convened by the State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
Fagbere further claimed that he was carrying out a “divine assignment” and was told by God to remain motionless after destroying the shrine, admitting that he was motionless after the assignment.
“God told me that I should go to the shrines to bring out those things for the liberation of Ayetoro. God told me to do three things in the shrines. That when I get there, I should evacuate, step aside and watch the film. He said I should not say anything when people come out to see me. So, I did as instructed by God on that day.
“I got there around 5am and after I took out those things, God told me to wait and stay and I did. God also told me to keep quiet. It was not their gods that held me. When I was taken to the palace, I told them that all my actions were directed by God and not human beings or the church of God.
“Although, they tried many charms on me, none was effective. I am healthy. I followed the instruction of God that I should be quiet and they also know the truth,” he told the gathering of CAN members in the State.
Fagbere claimed he deliberately waited in the shrines for the idol worshipers to see him. The pastor was later charged with sacrilege and malicious damage, but the idol worshipers withdrew the case.