If the traditionalists complain to the police about the destruction of their shrine, the Pentecostal pastor will be charged for sacrilege and malicious damage. Everybody has right to worship anything he so desires. – Ogun Police
His mission was to destroy the shrine.
Reports said he was trapped by forces suspected to be spirits. And he also became dumb. The Gods meted out instant justice.
Fagbare was said to have boasted before his members he would flatten the shrine where the community traditionalists congregate to worship.
But he was said to have struck motionless until people spotted him, according the News Agency on Nigeria (NAN), quoting from media reports.
NAN quoting from media reports said: Those who sighted him in his agony, unable to lift his feet, raised the alarm, which drew attention of priests in charge of the shrine.
It was learnt the priests demanded some rituals must be carried out before the trapped pastor could be set him free.
He was, however, said to have regained consciousness after treatment following intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun.
Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He hinted the cleric may be charged with “sacrilege and malicious damage.”
According to Oyeyemi: “The Command got the report at its Division in Ayetoro that one Evangelist Wale Fagbere went to Ketu to destroy traditional worshippers’ shrines.
“After the destruction, the man became unconscious, motionless and could not talk.
“When the policemen visited the place, the traditionalists claimed that the subject cannot be taken away until some spiritual exercise was performed.”
He added: “The Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba AbdulAzeez Adelakun, waded into the matter which led to the release of the man.
“The victim has been revived and handed over to his family.
“The police’s next step would be determined by the traditionalists.
“If they complain to the police about the destruction of their shrine, the victim would be charged for sacrilege and malicious damage.
“Everybody has right to worship anything he so desires.” – Nigerian Tribune, 26 September 2016
Pastor Wale Fagbere will be charged – NAN
The Ogun Police Command says it will prosecute a Pentecostal pastor, Wale Fagbere, who allegedly invaded a traditional shrine in Ketu area of Ayetoro in Ogun.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Monday that the cleric would be charged for malicious damage and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace.
“What he did was wrong and so he must be charged to court. If it was the other way round too, they will also be charged to court.
“Everyone has a right to worship whatever deity one chooses without fear or favour,” he said.
Oyeyemi, however, said he could not tell in which court the accused would be arraigned as at press time.
NAN reports that Fagbere on Saturday attempted to pull down a traditional shrine in Ketu, Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
But he was reported to have immediately gone numb upon entering the shrine, attracting a crowd to the scene.
He, however, regained consciousness after the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun, intervened and directed that some traditional rites be carried out on him. – Naira Naija News, 26 September 2016