The Imo State Police Command have arrested one Pastor Delight Arinze Okorie, the General Overseer of Watered Ground Ministry, Atta Nnenasa in Njaba LGA of Imo State for attempted murder, and robbing a female member of his church of a jeep at gunpoint.
Pastor Okorie’s arrest was contained in a statement released by Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem, where he said the suspect prophesied to one Chioma Oleka, a member of the church that she was possessed by mermaid spirit, and would require spiritual cleansing to free her from a spell of bad luck.
The statement reads: “On 21/5/2016 Pastor Delight Arinze Okorie lured Chioma Oleka to Nwangele river in Nwangele LGA with the lady’s Lexus Jeep registered in River State with plate No. KPR – 243 – HF for prayers and deliverance.
“In the course of deliverance exercise, the Pastor pushed the lady into the river to drown. As the lady could not drown, he went into the vehicle, pulled a cutlass and gave the lady several matchet cuts all over her body with intent to kill her.
“The victim collapsed and the Pastor thought she has died and escaped with the lady’s Jeep. A Police patrol team attached to Nwangele Police station while on patrol, sighted the victim lying beside the river, picked her to the hospital where she was revived,
and presently receiving treatment.”
The statement reads further: “Following the description of the suspect and painstaking manhunt, the suspect, Pastor Delight Arinze Okorie was arrested on 25/5;2016 at Orlu and the lady’s Lexus Jeep recovered from him.
“He has made useful statement to the Police confessing to the crime and stating that it was the work of Satan. Investigation is in progress and he would be charged to court for attempted murder and stealing.
“Be wise, don’t be deceived, be security conscious all the time.”