Pastor goes numb while destroying traditional shrine

A shrine used to illustrate the story
A shrine used to illustrate the story

There was drama in Ketu Community of Ogun State on Saturday after a pastor became numb after attempting to pull down a shrine.

The cleric, identified as Wale Fagbenro, reportedly claimed he was directed by the “Holy spirit” to destroy the traditional worshippers’ shrine.

A witness said Mr. Fagbenro became “speechless‎ and motionless” upon entering the shrine‎.

Residents of the area in Yewa North Local Government Area subsequently raised an alarm attracting a crowd to the scene.

The witness said when the priests in charge of the shrine were approached, they declared that the cleric would only regain consciousness after some rituals were performed.
However, the priests eventually treated Mr. Fagbenro after the traditional ruler of Aiyetoro, Abdulaziz Adelakun, intervened.

The police in Ogun said on Sunday that the incident was reported to them.

“The command got the report at her division in Ayetoro that one Evangelist Wale Fagbere went to Ketu to destroy traditional worshippers ‘ shrines,” police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said.

“After the destruction, the man became unconscious, motionless and could not talk.”

Mr. Oyeyemi said the victim has been revived and “has been handed over to his family for more spiritual cleansing.”

He said the victim could still be charged for malicious damage if the traditional priests file a formal report

“Everybody has right to worship anything he so desires,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.


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  • ???asking questions

    If everyone has a right to worship anything why are Nigerians making a fuss

    that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a huge disgrace to Islam for worshiping money;

    and for forfeiting both honor and self-respect for the evil love of stolen cash?

    • newday

      Sanusi worships money & Rolls Royce. Boko Haram worships Caliphate but is intolerant of those who don’t..
      The Europeans missionaries destroyed pagan shrines & even enslaved their keepers & came out just fine..

  • Tim

    These Pastors are wasting their precious time at shrines attempting to exorcise what is not. What requires exorcism is Buhari. He is the one who needs to be hit hard in the head so that his brain can begin to function with some degree of IQ that is expected of a president. This shrine has certainly not killed as many as the Shit Muslims in Kaduna nor as many as Biafran Protesters in Asaba or Enugu

    • umarumashi

      Please tim u need to search for a sense, cos u gat none and u cant make any

    • Osakue

      Pls do you have any relative in efcc custody?

  • Rommel

    Where is Pastor Taiwo,I haven’t heard people condemning this pastor for invading other peoples place of worship,had it been some Islamist Jihadist that did this very act to a church,Nigeria would have been on fire by now with the misguided ones accusing Buhari of Islamization,this is why I maintain that Nigerian Christians are hypocrites

    • Aminu Ibrahim Ahmad

      It’s just an act of terrorism

  • Soj4fmd

    He attempted dat on his own, He was never led as he claimed, else God would have backed him up… For God is a jealous God, whom every souls will stand before on the day of judgements…. For there is no any other God apart from the Holy one, who created all things… Of which all his creatures must worship in Christ Jesus through your faith in His Death and Resurrection being a true Son of God… Let he that hath ears hears and repent from evil conducts…

  • Myson

    Premium Times, why should you help to perpetrate these dogmas in our people that if you gather some ugly images and sticks with some incantations, all of sudden it acquires potent power? Shrine chief priests have been doing these local 419 on our people for ages. If you go behind the scene, you will find out the actual powers attributed to the oracles were being committed by the chief priests.

  • Fadama

    Why are most of these so called Pastors irresponsible? This is an act of religious intolerance. I hope he is charged to court.

  • Aminu Baba

    A telling sign that HE IS DEFINITELY NOT A MAN OF GOD! After the woeful presidential elections ‘prophecies’, this is yet another sign from God, to Nigerian Christians, revealing to them how far away from God and Godliness their so-called men of God are

  • ed

    The story lack substance. We don’t know if the pastor went there by himself or with other members of his church or not.
    The shrine might had been treated with any one of the dangerous chemicals on the arrival of the pastor. Nigerian believe any and all false information and intelligence deprived one’s as well.
    Where are the pictures of the pastor at any stages of the alleged destruction of the shrine.

    • Chairman

      The pastor is very lucky. The one that entered the lion’s cage was not.

  • Prince Gift Achor

    That pastor does not have the backing of Most high,my God is omnipresent,and omniscience HE never lost battle.

    • March4Buhari

      Oboy, no deceive your self ooO, you bible say don’t put word of God to test. If you disagree abeg take poison to TB Joshua, Oyedepo or even Adeboye and Oyekhilome, see whether they go gri drink according to the bible.

  • busayo

    That means gbaramatu shrines where Nigeria army allegedly destroyed and went away with sword is fake.! Just a gangster kingdom of vandalism…

  • Adesina Sanusi

    Give unto ceasar that which belong to ceasar, the pastor was not disturbed or attacked in any form he wants to get more members to his church which translates to more money for himself if he should become popular as the pastor who dares the tradition, my ancestors says whoever does what no man has ever done will see what no man has ever seen.