Road Ends For Fake Pastor Who Uses False Prophesy To Lure And Rob Victims

A MAN who claimed to have
been in pastoral ministry for 10
years and was on the run for
sometime now is cooling his
heels in the custody of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri.
Until his arrest, 45-year-old
Delight Arinze Okorie, told
Sunday Sun reporter in Owerri
that he was the pastor-in-charge
of Watered Ground Ministry. He said: “I have been in
pastoral ministry for over 10
years. When some of my
members or the friends they
bring, come to tell me about
their problems, I always give them fake prophecies. If I
discover that they have mon­
ey, I use the opportunity to
rob them by setting them up
with the fake prophecies.” As Sunday Sun further learnt in
an interview with the
Commissioner of Police, Imo
State, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, this was
the strategy Okorie deployed in
deceiving, robbing and attempting to murder one
member of the church, 35-year-
old Mrs. Chioma Oleka at Atta in
Ihennasa, Njaba Local Gov­
ernment Area, Imo State, by
falsely claiming that she was possessed with a mermaid
(marine) spirit.
Lakanu explained that on May
25, 2016, Okorie lured Oleka to
Nwangele river, where she was
to ostensibly undergo special deliverance prayer. The lady
drove her Lexus SUV with a
Rivers State registration number,
KPR 243HF to keep the
appointment for prayers and
deliverance. Hear Okorie say what followed
thereafter: “As we were praying
on the bridge, I went to the back
of the vehicle and picked up a
machete. I gave her several cuts
all over her body with the intention to kill her. Then I
pushed her from the top of the
bridge into the river for her to
drown. Some members of my
gang, who pretend to be
members of my church, who went with me then escaped with
the SUV, when we sighted a
police patrol team.”
Unfortunately for Okorie and the
gang, Oleka miraculously
survived the vicious attack and fall into the river as she did not
drown. Rather she pretended to
have died.
Recalling her fortuitous survival
of the horrendous experience
she passed through, Oleka told Sunday Sun: “Before this thing
happened I had been attending
Watered Ground Ministry, the
church headed by Pastor Okorie.
He always prophesied in the
church and one day he said that I had a mermaid (marine or
mammywater) spirit. He said I
had to go for special deliverance
prayer not knowing that he
wanted to rob and murder me.
During the prayer session, he suddenly pushed me from the
top of the bridge into the river.
He gave me machete cuts
thinking that I would die. But a
police patrol team rescued me,
took me to the hospital. I think I have learnt my lesson, that there
are many false pastors all over
the place; we need God’s
After their successful escape
from the crime scene, Okorie and his gang members continued
their operations for several
months thinking that the chapter
had been closed on what they
did to Oleka.
However, providence was patiently waiting to expose
them. That day arrived when
Oleka began to recover from the
attack while still in the hospital.
When she was strong enough to
talk with police detectives investigating the case, she
recounted what happened and
gave the police the registration
number of the car. For a while,
the police kept Okorie under
surveillance and then moved in to arrest him. During interroga­
tion, he sang like a canary and re­
vealed his alleged past
escapades in crime, robbery,
kidnapping and murder.
With information obtained from Okorie and the other members
of his gang, the police recovered
the Lexus SUV as well as the
arms and ammunition of the