It was a chaotic and bizarre incident in Ketu Community of Ogun State on Saturday, September 24, when a Pastor became numb after destroying a local traditional shrine.
According to reports from our correspondents, the pastor, identified as Wale Fagbere had claimed he was instructed by the “Holy spirit” to destroy the traditional worshipers’ shrine. Unfortunately, he became stiff, unconscious and motionless just after performing the act.
Members of his congregation who witnessed the abolition act immediately raised alarm after they noticed his condition, and called the attention of the priests in charge of the shrine. It was reported that the shrine’s priests demanded that some rituals must be performed to appease the gods before the cleric can be revived.
However, the pastor later regained consciousness after some treatment following the intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun.
The Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
“The Command got the report at its Division in Ayetoro that one Evangelist Wale Fagbere went to Ketu to destroy traditional worshippers’ shrines,” Oyeyemi said.
“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.”
Officer Oyeyemi explained that at the intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Oba AbdulAzeez Adelakun (as the traditional head is called), the pastor was revived and saved from the mysterious stronghold.
“The victim has been revived and handed over to his family.
He also hinted that police’s next action would only be determined depending on whether the traditionalists wishe to press charges of malicious damages and invasion of religious rights.
“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 the right to worship anything he/she so desires,” Oyeyemi said.