Pastor who destroyed shrine in Ogun speaks

Wale Fagbere

A clergyman, Wale Fagbere, who was reportedly paralysed after destroying a shrine in Aiyetoro in Ogun, has said that people mistook his posture at the shrine for paralysis.

Mr. Fagbere, who presides over the Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, Ona-Iye parish, Ayetoro , stated this at a press conference in Abeokuta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the press conference was organised by the Ogun branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

Mr. Fagbere was reportedly stricken in the process of destroying a shrine in Ketu community of Aiyetoro in Yewa North Council Area of Ogun on September 20.

The pastor, who was reported to have been stricken by the angry ‘gods’ of the shrine, allegedly regained consciousness after custodians of the shrine carried out some rites on him.

This was said to have followed the intervention of the Alaye of Ayetoro, Abdulazeez Adelakun.

But Mr. Fagbere , who admitted that the traditionalists tried many charms on him, claimed that none worked.

He said that he only stood still and kept mute at the scene in conformity with God’s commandment to him.

Mr. Fagbere, who narrated his story to journalists, said: “About what happened at Ayetoro, it was from God and direction from the Holy Spirit for the deliverance of Ayetoro from darkness.

“God told me that I should go to the shrine to bring out those things for the liberation of Ayetoro.

“When I started what God told me, He told me to do three things in the shrine .

“He said that when I get there, I should evacuate; I should step aside and remain silent when people come out to see me .

“So, I did exactly as instructed by God on that September 20 .

“I got there around 5.a.m. and after I took out those things ,God told me to wait and stay and I did so.

“It was not their gods that held me transfixed or struck me; it was the idol worshipers that struck me with their charms.

“When I was taken to the palace, I told them that all my actions were directed by God and not human beings or the church of God.

“Although, they tried many charms on me, none was effective on me.

“I only followed the instruction of God that I should be quiet and they too know the truth .”

The state Chairman of CAN, Tunde Akin-Akinsanya , described the reports, especially those on social media, as exaggerated.

He said that the body intended to correct the misconception about the incident.

The Regional Coordinator of Yewa/Awori Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Lola Dada, said at the briefing that the custodians of the shrine demanded for money from the family and CAN to appease the gods.

“They demanded for things they claimed they wanted to use for sacrifice.

“They asked the family of the pastor to pay N300,000 while CAN should bring N200,000, making it N500,000 for the sacrifice to appease their gods.

“However, no money was given to them and peace has returned to the town,” he said.

Although the police had moved to charge Mr. Fagbere for malicious damage and act capable of breaching public peace, the case may not continue.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told journalists on Thursday that the case might not continue because the traditionalists “were dragging their feet on the case”.



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  • Watch man

    Hmmmmmm!!! If this is true, the whole truth, to God be the glory!

  • Rommel

    Why would this man go and damage people’s place of worship? had it been that it was Muslims that did it to a church or Christians doing it to a mosque,would there be peace by now? it is said that we should deal unto others how we wish to be dealt with.

    • Reminisce6

      If a Muslim did that you said?That would have been tantamount to the grand design of Islamization.CAN and the multitude of gullible that abound in Christendom would have,since the incidents,be throwing up theories,abuses,slander and insults on Muslims,Islam and its Prophet.Secularity embraces all religious inclination without formal recognition of any.The pastor has breached the law and must be charged for that breach and contrary to the claim of the police,any act that is contrary to public peace is a crime against the state.The police does not need the consent of the traditionalist to constitute a charge but as in most situations in Nigeria,the powerful interest has stepped in to save face and rescue their own.Should the Aiyetoro traditionalist be an extreme sect in the mold of the pastor that violated the sanctity of their shrine stemming from intolerance,the outcome is left to imagination.A lesson should be learned from the hell that is being unleashed on the people of the North East,if there`s any country that should not tolerate any minuscule act of violence against religion shrine and worshipers that country should be Nigeria.Boko Haram was an individual Mohammed Yusuf but because that demon was not tamed at infancy we now have a multitude of monsters.Pastor Wale Fagbere must be made to face the consequence of his action but unfortunately,that is not likely.