44 year-old Osayande Ekhator, reportedly died during a deliverance in a churh called, Hope Ministries, also known as Holy Ghost Deliverance Centre.
The father of the deceased, Pa Erase Ekhator, lamented that the deceased visited him the previous day to inform him he was attending a deliverance in the church, that he quickly obliged him the request. He said confusion, however, enveloped the deliverance when he heard the deceased crying out for help.
“They forced him and tied both his legs and hands, carried a bucket full of water and poured it on his body. The mother asked why and they said that it is what they usually do to calm him down after struggling for five minutes, only for Osanyade to die in the church,’’ the deceased father said in anguish.
Sister of the deceased, Mrs Omoregie Osas, who suspected foul play in the death of his late brother, alleged that they beat him to death because the cloth he was putting on was pulled off and they wore him another one.”
However, the resident Pastor of the Church, Mrs. Isoken Okudaye, and a church member who claimed he witnessed what happened, said the victim who they claimed was violent during the deliverance, accidentally hit his head on a nearby generating set and died.
Pastor Okudaye said: “We have been taking care of his father without any money; we don’t kill, beat or destroy souls here. If they bring people with insanity here, we heal them.”