A 48-year-old prophet, Godwin Ayenuberun, has been arrested by Ondo State Police Command for faking the kidnap of two of his church members, receiving N150, 000 as charges for spiritual protection.
The State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, disclosed this in Akure when parading the suspect and his acolyte, Ibukun Adetigha, alongside other suspects for various offences.
Adeyanju recounted that the victim, Segun Omosaye from Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state, was previously kidnapped by unknown gunmen on November 30, 2017 but regained his freedom a month after.
He said Omosaye received a text message on September 26, 2018 from his abductors, who admitted the previous abduction, informing him that they would come back to kidnap him again and kill him.
According to him, the Prophet, who is also the Founder of Gethsemane Cherubim Church in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje LGA, had claimed he saw a vision that the victim would be abducted before the incident.
“On receipt of his complaint, detectives swung into action and through intelligence gathering, arrested one Ibukun Adetigha and Prophet Godwin Ayenugha, a founder of a church in Igbokoda.
“The Techno handset that was used in sending text messages was recovered from them. Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have sent the text messages but denied their involvement in the abduction of the victim,” he said.
Ayenuberun confessed to committing the crime, revealing that “I am the spiritual father of the victim; I am the one attending to all their spiritual problems. We are all friends, I am the one providing spiritual help for them.
“I did it in a bid to get money from them. This is why I asked my boy to send message to them. I am not a kidnapper, I have never involved in kidnapping business before.”