I believe you all still remember the case of Pastor Ernest Nwankwo who was caught days after he escaped from his church in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, in connection with alleged ritual? Well, here is an update:
New information has come to light on the controversial kidnap of a 7yrs old boy by Mrs. Rosemary Chukwu, in the Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
The woman, who is a Prayer Warrior in the church, claimed in her statement given to the police after her arrest, that Pastor Ernest Nwankwo of the Holy Family Happy Family Ministry (aka House of Mercy) offered to pay her N2.5m if she could deliver the child.
According to Mrs Chukwu’s statement, her Pastor had appeared to her many times in her dream and had even made love to her in dreams before she decided to do his bidding…
The woman, whom residents of their Omo Ologede neighbourhood described as a firebrand “prayer warrior” had kidnapped seven-year-old Emmanuel Emeka, son of her co-tenant, while the boy went to fetch water from a well located within their compound early in the morning.
Punch correspondent learnt about Mrs. Chukwu’s shocking confessions from a police source.
Pastor Nwankwo, who is from Nsugbe in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State, was arrested on Monday at the Ebute Metta area of Lagos, after the police had been on his trail for many days.
Mrs. Chukwu, who was nearly lynched by residents of the area before police intervention that day, has now told the police that the genesis of the kidnapping plan was when she approached the pastor for a loan.
Our source said, “The woman said that when she told the pastor that she needed some money, the pastor told her that he could only lend her the money if she could bring a child in return. She told us that the pastor promised to give her N2.5m in return if she could get a child by any means and deliver the child.”
However, Punch learnt that the pastor who is being detained at the Department of Criminal Investigation, Panti, Lagos, has denied Chukwu’s allegations. Pastor Nwankwo’s church has shut down its website.
When Punch visited the church premises at Majidun on Wednesday, it was locked up. Residents of the area said nobody had visited the church since the police who had initially barricaded the place against looters left.
Punch correspondent who spoke with Mr. Kelvin Emeka, the kidnapped child’s father on Friday, learnt of the emotional struggle the young boy has been combating since he was saved from his kidnapper.
Mr. Emeka described Mrs. Chukwu as a reserved praying woman, who kept mostly to herself.
He said, “We only know each other as co-tenants and within the two years that we lived in the same compound, nobody saw or knew her husband. When we were at the police station, she was asked of the phone number of her husband, she did not know it. She was also asked to provide the address of his workplace, she could not provide that as well.
“All I can say is that God loves my family. That was why she did not succeed in taking my child away to the ritual killers who sent her. Emmanuel still feels pain on his neck where the woman tried to strangle him before she put him in the luggage but the hospital did a great job on him. He is still undergoing treatment but he has been discharged.”
He said the boy has been having panic attacks since he was discharged from hospital.
“Nobody can touch him anymore, not even my siblings. The only people whom he allows to touch him now are his mother and I. He sees every other person suspiciously and gets scared when they want to touch him. But I know he would be okay. God has delivered him,” Emeka said.
Emeka said the day Mrs. Chukwu was caught by residents of their neighbourhood, a green sports utility vehicle picked up the suspect’s four children and they have not been seen since then.
Some other members of Nwankwo’s church were apprehended after Chukwu’s arrest but it is not clear what the level of their culpability is.
Police spokesperson in the state, Ngozi Braide, said investigation was still ongoing on in the case.
She said: “We are doing all we can to follow every lead. Every truth would come to light on this issue. But we cannot reveal too much information that could jeopardise our investigation at this moment.”
Things dey happen shaa! Only God can save us.
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