Pastor in Police custody over N310k ticket for salvation

Blessing Oziwo

Pastor Ade Abraham of Christ High Commission Ministry, also known as Royal Christ Assembly, in Kaduna State, has been arrested by the police over N310,000 been charged to make heaven.

The cleric, whose video had gone viral on social media, was said to have launched his operational base in Kaduna and later moved it to Kabba in Kogi state before establishing a “departure” camp in Araromi-Ugbesi, Omuo-Oke, Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State, where he is presently staying with his members preparing them for heaven.

According to him, a “kingdom” will descend from heaven and land on his church, where members would live forever with the One who commissioned him to prepare mankind for a paradise on earth which will be headquartered in Ekiti state.

He said “The people (in Kabba) who I play a fatherly role in their lives (like being responsible for their school fees, feeding, and shelter) felt empty when they were informed of my relocation to Omuo-Oke, and they said they would come with me.

“Also, when the church in Kaduna heard that a programme was coming up here, they said they wanted to be a part of it and I had never done such before where people would have to travel a very long distance for a programme because I, myself, hate travelling.

“So, I tried to wave off their request. I didn’t know how others in Kaduna heard and they begged to come over. Then, I talked to the Father (God) about it and he told me that not all of them are serious.

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“Hence, he instructed that I should give them a test. He said I should inform them that every one of them should pay N310, 000 (those are people who can’t even fend for themselves). I was partly not happy because anything that has to do with money (asking people to pay a levy), I don’t like it and I have never been involved in that in the ministry.

“On the issue at hand, I really did not want it but I was happy that the (N310,000 imposed rapture fee) would scare them away. Then after three days, some of them were pleading that they had not gotten the money, even the money for transporting themselves wasn’t complete.

“So, it was one of them that suggested that the money from the things that have been sold in his shop should be sent to him, for the completion of the fee.”

Having raked in nearly millions of naira in rapture fees, Abraham was pleased to proudly flaunt his rich yam barn and storehouse where assorted foodstuffs were stocked inside the Ekiti departure camp.

But the Ekiti State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said that Pastor Abraham’s activities have been thoroughly investigated and subsequently arraigned in court.

Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter has denied knowing Pastor Abraham, who is alleged to be resident in the state, as well as the church in any part of the 23 local government areas of the state.

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