GENERAL OVERSEER Collected Kidnap Ransom For Church Expansion - Can We Really Call Him A Pastor?
July. 30, 2020
This week has come with strange developments from so-called men of God. Earlier this week, Scooper reported of one Pastor Okoro from Mbaise, Imo State, who undertook a second burial of George Floyd, a black man who died in the hands of a white policeman on May 25, 2020.
Source: Linda Ikeji's Blog
It now turns out that this wasn't even the height of things. This comes after the arrest of kidnap suspects by the Police Intelligence Response Team.
Revelations from Pastor and General Overseer of a church in Shagamu, Adetokunbo Adenopo, one of the kidnap suspects emerged on Wednesday night with him confessing that his gang demanded the payment of #20million as a ransom for one of their victims.
The G.O. of New Life Ministries, Lukosi added that he embarked on the crime of kidnapping and recruited his team in other to fulfil his ambition of expanding the church and carry out charity works.
Other gang members of Pastor Adenopo’s gang which operates an underground detention facility at the New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun State were named as Chigozie Williams 22years, a native of Umuahia North, Abia State, Ugoji Linus 30years, a native of Ezinifite in Imo State and Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27years, a native of Aniri in Enugu State.
The Police stated that they are all responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo, 35 years, from Benue State.
“The victim, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped on 17th July 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State.
“The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of #20million ransom as a condition for his release.
“He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the Police.
Adenopo's confession of the ransom being intended to be used as funds for church growth and expansion prompts us to ask if he really deserves the title of 'pastor'.
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Nigerian clergymen have been heavily criticized on social media for their narrative and insistence on collecting tithes, Many believe that this principle of tithe is just another wealth making scheme of the pastors themselves.
However, this case of kidnapping in order to procure funds for the 'work of the ministry', is on all levels despicable. Do you think Adetokunbo Adenopo is worthy of being called a pastor?
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