Police arrest Pastor for denigrating Catholic Women Association, Knights occultists, parade 7 teenagers for cultism in Lagos

PASTOR Chris Mordi of the Miracle for Fire Ministry Langbasa, Aja Lagos is presently being grilled by Police detectives in Lagos for allegedly referring to Catholic Women Association and Knights as occultists. The  35 year-old Delta State born cleric National crimewatch learned was picked up in his church following an inciting publication titled: “Beware of Catholic Women Organization CWO and Knights, for they are occultists (the truth must be told)”. The Commissioner of Police CP Imohimi Edgal who dropped this hint while parading twelve suspects including 7 minors for cultism harped on religious tolerance describing the act of the cleric as hate speech. The Police boss said the Police under his watch would not tolerate speeches capable of inciting religious unrest in the state adding that there was need for mutual respect for the individual’s faiths and beliefs. Edgal said, I want to appeal to all us to respect one another’s faith and belief and be mindful of what to say about another person’s religion. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of worship, that you belonging to one church do not make the other church less important or cultic as the present case in hand portrays. “The Command is investigating a case against Pastor Chris Mordi 35, for conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace/insult to religion; contrary to sections 168 and 124 respectively of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2015. The suspect claimed to be the founder and head of Miracle of Fire Ministry located at Ado Road Langbasa, Lagos was on May 5, 2018 arrested by undercover operatives of the Command after they intercepted an inciting publication titled “Beware of Catholic Women Organization CWO and the Knights for they are occultic ( sic)  the truth must be told.” Investigation have revealed that the suspect wanted to hold a crusade where he intended to preach extensively on the subject matter and you and I know what that could result to. It is hate speech and the Police under my watch would not allow such. The suspect would be charged to court tomorrow (today).”
On the arrest of the twelve cultists, the CP reiterated his call for parents, guardians and care givers to monitor the activities of the children and wards maintaining that it was not enough to bring children to the world without monitoring and championing their future for them. He reminded parents of his earlier warning to arrest parents whose minors got involved in any acts of criminality adding that parents of the 7 teenagers; one whom is an undergraduate of Yaba College of Technology would be invited for questioning.  He said, “Again, let me use this opportunity through this same medium to remind parents, guardians and care givers to be wary of the association their children and wards keep. I had said that I would start arresting parents whose minors were arrested for any crime in Lagos because it is not just enough to bring children to the world, you have to tend that child, monitor him or her until he attains such an age that he/she can decide what he/she wants to be. We have with us today as suspects, twelve persons out of which are 7 minors as suspected cultists who were arrested at various initiation ground. On interrogation the suspected cultist especially, the minors claimed that they were tricked into the initiation ground by their friends who told them they were attending parties.
Continuing, Edgal said,  “On May 4, 2018, at about 1000hrs, based on the information received that a dreaded cult group terrorizing the people of Ejirin-Iwo area of Ikorodu, the Officer in Charge of Anti-cultism SP Agbegbe Godwin and team swung into action and arrested the following cultists belonging to Eiye confraternity. They are Hassan Olaniyin, 20, Afolabi Muiz 18, Wahab Moshood 26, and Ajenifuja Damola 23. Others are  Lekan avid 24, Eko John 19, Kudus Idris 19,  Shakiru Ademode 17, Rahman Adepoju 18, Ibrahim Waheed 17, Abimbola Gabdamosi 17, Ganiyu Babatunde 16, Seun Giwa 23, Yusuf Wale 17, Liyasu Azeez 16, and Adebowale Uthman 17. Three of the suspects namely Lekan David, Eko John and Kudus Idris all confessed to belonging to the dreaded Eiye confraternity and the were arrested while they were conducting initiation for the newly recruited members. Investigations further revealed that the suspected cultists all resides in Lagos Island and the newly recruited members were lured and deceived that they were going for a party at Ikorodu where they were rounded up. One worrisome thing about this arrest is that seven of the aforementioned suspected  cultists are minors. The minors will be transferred to the gender unit of the state command for diligent prosecution while the remaining adults will be charged to court.”

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