Power Ground Chapel's pastor arrested for duping members' lexus vehicles in Edo State
A Pastor who allegedly hypnotizes his members to give up their expensive belongings has been arrested in Benin city.
He is the leading pastor of Power Ground Chapel Incorporated, situated at 3 Uwa street off 2nd East Circular Road, Benin City.
Standard Gazette gathered that Prophet Bensonson Nosakhare was arrested on 3 May 2022 after one of his victims reported the case to the police.
The police said Benson preyed on gullible members of the public through "false prophecies and divine pronouncements."
One of his victims, SG learned, Mr Osamudiamen Thompson, wrote a petition to the Edo State Commissioner of Police complaining that he was hypnotized by his prophet.
According to the petition, Prophet Nosakhare claimed he saw him had an accident with his Lexus ES 350 car in a vision.
To avert the accident, the prophet allegedly said he must leave his car on the church premises for spiritual cleansing, warning that attempt to drive the vehicle would result in death.
Osamudiamen told Standard Gazette "I came back to my senses and wondered why I should be trekking in Benin city.
"When I went to the church, I noticed that the prophet had already changed the colour of my car from gold colour to black and was now using it.
"He also collected my Gold bracelets worth millions of naira. I had to inform my family, who then contacted the police."
The petitioner added, "A friend of mine also left his Lexus jeep with the pastor, and he later changed the colour to black."
In an interview, the suspect confirmed to SG that he collected the cars. he said, "Yes, I collected the cars, but they are members of my church, and they used it to sow seed to God".
Police recovered Lexus ES 350, Lexus RS 350 Jeep he duped from a second victim, Odigie Godspower and pieces of jewellery worth millions of naira from the alleged fake prophets.
While commending the Operatives for their prompt response, the Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, said some prophets instil fear into the people with the doomsday prophetic pronouncement.
CP Abutu Yaro said such fake prophecies are designed to fraudulently obtain money and other personal items from people whose problems would then be worsened rather than solved through genuine prayers.
He said such people will certainly have their time with the law as he directed the police investigative team to immediately charge the fake prophet to court for fraud and obtaining money by false pretence.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.