by Isi Esene
Well, Jesus turned water into wine.
But no one was happy on Wednesday when cash belonging to the St. Mary’s Parish, Hwolshe, Jos South Local Government, suddenly turned to a bundle of papers as it was about to be deposited in the bank.
The church collection, amounting to N300, 000 was handed to Miss Ifeoma Eze, the Church Secretary to be deposited in the bank.
She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she had filled the teller at the main branch of Jos Zenith Bank with the money wrapped in polythene but discovered it to be just a useless bundle of papers when she was about to give it to the cashier.
“The money was intact when I left home for the bank, but on getting to the counter, I opened the polythene bag only to discover that it has turned to bundles of papers.
She said her confusion mainly was how to explain the sudden conversion of cash to papers to the Parish Priest who had entrusted her with the task.
“I am still too baffled and confused to convey my shock,” she said.
A Church member, who didn’t want to be named, said that it was not difficult to believe Eze’s story because she had been handling cash as the church secretary for the past five years without blemish.
NAN learnt that the incident had sent tongues wagging among some skeptical members of the church who believe there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
Eze, however, expressed some relief that many of the members were convinced that there was no foul play on her part.
Rev. Father Emmanuel Ray-Ikpe, the Parish Priest, described the incident as “unfortunate, surprising and mysterious”. The Priest, however, advised Eze to be “extra careful” when going to the bank to deposit cash.
Priests are always so trusting. Bless ’em.