Tragedy struck yesterday on Okwanga Street around
Uselu Quarters in Egor Local Government Area of
Edo State following the death of a 45-year-old man,
Osayande Ekhator, during a deliverance session in a
church in the area.
The deceased who was suffering from an
undisclosed illness was said to have been taken to
the church, Hope Ministry, also known as Holy Ghost
Deliverance Centre, by his family members on
Monday.
Naijanewsrave gathered that some residents who
reside around the church on hearing a loud cry from
the church rushed there only to discover the
deceased lying lifeless in the church.
Out of anger, some irate youths in the area invaded
the church and vandalized some valuable property
in the process.
According to a resident of the area, the deceased
may have hit his head against a hard object, as there
was blood stains on his head.
“I think he must have hit his head somewhere. I saw
blood on his head when his body was placed in a
vehicle,” the resident said.
Commenting on the tragedy, the father of the
deceased, Pa Ekhator, noted that he suspected that
the deliverance session had gone contrary to
expectation when his son was thrown to the ground,
with his hands and legs bound.
“They forced him and tied him as usual and threw
him down. From there, they carried a bucket full of
water and poured it on his body.
“The mother asked why. They said that is what they
usually do; that after struggling, they wanted him to
have rest and cool down. After about five minutes,
she came crying that Osayande was dead,” Pa
Ekhator said.
However, sister to the deceased who was of a
contrary view, claimed that the 45-year-old man in
the course of the deliverance was beaten to death.
The Resident Pastor, Mrs. Isoken Ekundaye, however
debunked the claims.
Ekundaye stressed, “We don’t kill here. We don’t beat
here. If they bring insane people, we heal.”
Confirming the death, the State police spokesperson,
Stephen Onwochei, stated that the pastor had been
arrested, adding that the case has been transferred
to the State Criminal Investigation Department for
investigation.

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